The adoption of earth-observation technologies for deforestation monitoring by Indigenous people: evidence from the Amazon

Nidia Catherine González, Markus Kröger

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Deforestation monitoring is changing the nature of conservation practices in increasingly profound ways. This study illustrates how forest co-management by means of earth-observation technologies among Indigenous communities opens up new debates and perspectives on transformational actions for inclusion and equity in globalization. We analyze cases of drone adoption by the Shipibo Conibo and other Indigenous people on both sides (Peru and Brazil) of the Sierra del Divisor National Park. Our findings indicate that these technology adoptions may be inclusive and beneficial when combined with indigenous knowledge and alternative understandings of forest politics. First, we specify how counter-mapping initiatives grounded in Indigenous communities may be steered towards developing new co-participation and co-design. Second, we identify five key parameters for assessing whether co-participation and co-design during technological adoptions. Third, we assess the short- and long-term benefits, risks and threats in these technological adoption processes, drawing on indigenous perspectives.

Originalspråkengelska
TidskriftGlobalizations
Volym20
Nummer3
Sidor (från-till)415-431
Antal sidor17
ISSN1474-7731
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 3 apr. 2023
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