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Determinants of hunting and wild meat consumption in an agricultural frontier of Eastern Amazon

Grant number: 11/19606-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2012
Effective date (End): October 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Principal Investigator:Renata Pardini
Grantee:Patricia Carignano Torres
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Wild meat is an important source of protein and monetary income for rural people. Hunting pressure, however, can negatively affect hunted animals, threatening forest integrity in the long run, and reducing the value attributed to the forest by local populations. Defining the determinants of hunting is thus crucial to conservation strategies and to guarantee food security for human populations. Hunting is influenced by multiple factors at different spatial scales, which affect supply and demand, changing the cost-benefit relationship of hunting. Frequently correlated environmental factors should define a vector of spatial variation in the cost-benefit of hunting at large scales. These factors define the supply of animals for hunting (forest cover, road network, human population density), and influence the demand for wild meat (proximity to urban areas). However, the demand for wild meat should also be affected by socioeconomic and cultural features of people at the household scale. In an agricultural frontier in Eastern Brazilian Amazon, through interviews with local people inhabiting six micro-regions that vary in distance to urban areas and in the environmental factors determining game availability, we intend to investigate: (i) the relative importance and the interactions among socioeconomic, cultural and environmental factors determining hunting and wild meat consumption; (ii) the influence of the importance of hunting and wild meat consumption on the perceptions of local people towards the forest.

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
TORRES, PATRICIA CARIGNANO; MORSELLO, CARLA; PARRY, LUKE; BARLOW, JOS; FERREIRA, JOICE; GARDNER, TOBY; PARDINI, RENATA. Landscape correlates of bushmeat consumption and hunting in a post-frontier Amazonian region. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, v. 45, n. 4, p. 315-323, DEC 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
TORRES, PATRICIA CARIGNANO; MORSELLO, CARLA; PARRY, LUKE; PARDINI, RENATA. Who Cares about Forests and Why? Individual Values Attributed to Forests in a Post-Frontier Region in Amazonia. PLoS One, v. 11, n. 12 DEC 12 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
TORRES, Patricia Carignano. Bushmeat hunting and consumption in Eastern Amazonia: drivers and effects on the perception of forest value. 2014. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Biociências São Paulo.

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