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Factors Affecting Traditional Medicinal Plant Knowledge of the Waorani, Ecuador

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Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Edifici C Campus de la UAB, 08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
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Departament de Geografia, Universitat de Barcelona, Montalegre 6, 08001 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4460; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164460
Received: 2 May 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 12 August 2019 / Published: 17 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Amazon Rainforest)
This paper explores how medicinal plant knowledge of the Waorani (Ecuador) varies with socio-economic and demographic factors. Medicinal plant knowledge was compared at individual and community levels. Semi-structured interviews were performed with 56 informants (men N= 29, women N= 27) between 15 and 70 years old in five Waorani communities located within the Yasuní National Park and Waorani Ethnic Reserve. We found a positive correlation between an informant’s medicinal plant knowledge and age, and a negative correlation between informant’s medicinal plant knowledge and the years of schooling. Reasons behind these findings are thought to be in the rapid socio-cultural changes of the Waorani due to globalization processes. Increased accessibility to health centers and improved transportation infrastructure result in a loss of ethnobotanical knowledge. View Full-Text
Keywords: ethnobotany; traditional ecological knowledge; indigenous communities; Ecuadorian amazon; loss of knowledge; globalization; global change; acculturation; socio-cultural changes ethnobotany; traditional ecological knowledge; indigenous communities; Ecuadorian amazon; loss of knowledge; globalization; global change; acculturation; socio-cultural changes
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Weckmüller, H.; Barriocanal, C.; Maneja, R.; Boada, M. Factors Affecting Traditional Medicinal Plant Knowledge of the Waorani, Ecuador. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4460. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164460

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Weckmüller H, Barriocanal C, Maneja R, Boada M. Factors Affecting Traditional Medicinal Plant Knowledge of the Waorani, Ecuador. Sustainability. 2019; 11(16):4460. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164460

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Weckmüller, Holger; Barriocanal, Carles; Maneja, Roser; Boada, Martí. 2019. "Factors Affecting Traditional Medicinal Plant Knowledge of the Waorani, Ecuador" Sustainability 11, no. 16: 4460. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164460

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