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Diversity 2018, 10(3), 61; https://doi.org/10.3390/d10030061

Challenges of Participatory Community Monitoring of Biodiversity in Protected Areas in Brazilian Amazon

Center for Environmental Sciences, Federal University of Amazonas, Manaus 69080-900, AM, Brazil
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Received: 29 April 2018 / Revised: 23 June 2018 / Accepted: 3 July 2018 / Published: 11 July 2018
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Participatory community monitoring programs (PCM) have become an important methodological innovation for the management of biodiversity conservation in protected areas. Based on the participation of the local communities, they are presented as less costly programs than conventional ones. However, in practical terms, such programs pose serious implementation challenges. In this article, we identify the achievements, obstacles, and perspectives of four PCM implemented in the state of Amazonas, Brazil. Based on bibliographical and documentary research, direct observations and in-person interviews with program managers and specialists, we qualitatively evaluated these programs with respect to participation, data production and retrieval, and financing. We found that the performances of these programs were not yet adequate to their protected areas management priorities and that they had not yet generated perceptible benefits enough to enhance community trust and full appropriation of the programs’ outcomes by resource users and by conservation unit management teams. View Full-Text
Keywords: participatory monitoring; biodiversity management; conservation units; Amazonas participatory monitoring; biodiversity management; conservation units; Amazonas
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C. Costa, D.; S. Pereira, H.; A. E. L. Marchand, G.; C. P. Silva, S. Challenges of Participatory Community Monitoring of Biodiversity in Protected Areas in Brazilian Amazon. Diversity 2018, 10, 61.

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