Abstract # 6323 Event # 151:

Scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015 03:30 PM-03:45 PM: (Cascade F) Oral Presentation


CONSERVATION OF MEXICAN PRIMATES BASED ON COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

F. Vidal-García1, L. M. Ayala-Camacho1,2, C. Oliva-Uribe1,2 and J. C. Serio-Silva1
1Instituto de Ecología AC., Carretera Antigua a Coatepec No. 351, El Haya, Xalapa, Veracruz 91070, Mexico, 2Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Huixquilucan
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     The Mexican primates face threats related with the human presence because in many places they are sharing the geographic space. Deforestation, habitat decrease and hunting are the main threats that have been described. Our objective was to evaluate the opinion of local people about strategies of conservation before and after an informative workshop. We interviewed 499 people in 34 communities in protected and unprotected areas in Tabasco, Chiapas and Veracruz states. Questions were based on knowledge about biology, behavior, local perceptions, as well as benefits and interest in conservation of primates. During the workshop we informed about the importance of primates, and benefits of strategies of conservation such as live fences, reforestation, and other activities to promote conservation. We identify changes in perceptions and the main interest of people for participating in activities of conservation. After the workshop, 99% of people changed their opinion and believed it is important conserve primates and their habitat; 29% understood that they are dispersal agents; 47% accepted using live fences, and 53% accepted doing other activities to protect them; 82% of people believed that the best place to seed native trees as live fences are the crop fields, because will let monkeys move between fragments. By knowing the opinion and interests of people in activities of conservation we can plan successful actions involving local people.