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Anthropological Approaches to Primate Conservation in West Africa 
Convenors:
Rui M. Sá (Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Politicas)
Tânia Rodrigues (ISCTE)
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Format:
Panel
Sessions:
Tuesday 26 October, 13:00-14:30

Short Abstract:

Departing from the concept of primate conservation and the dichotomy of traditional ecological knowledge versus academic epistemologies this panel seeks contributions about human-nonhuman primate interactions, environmental histories and primate-oriented political ecologies.

Long Abstract

Human activities such as deforestation, extractivism, hunting, illegal trade, or unsustainable agricultural practices are considered extinction drivers to non-human primates. West Africa is among the tropical regions experiencing higher anthropogenic impacts in their landscapes. In the current Antropocenic context of global biodiversity loss, increasing contact between humans and wildlife, how does anthropology perceive (and deals with) primate in situ conservation? Departing from the concept of primate conservation and the dichotomy of traditional ecological knowledge versus academic and scientific epistemologies this panel seeks contributions about human-nonhuman primate interactions in changing landscapes, its challenges, environmental histories and primate political ecologies, thus creating new knowledge and narratives. How does anthropology stand for primate conservation in landscapes shared with humans? How can better ecological surveillance and monitoring be designed to include participatory methodologies? What strategies are being used by researchers and local stakeholders to cope with the threatening factors?

Contributions could be empirical or policy-focused from West-Africa and must explore the dynamics posed by primate conservation. The purpose of this panel is to debate new anthropological approaches, the contribution of transdisciplinary methodologies and share knowledge about ongoing research though an optic focused on primates in West Africa.

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