Cochran, F., Brunsell, N., Cabalzar, A., Van der Veld, P., Azevedo, E., Azevedo, R., Pedrosa, R., Winegar, L. 2016. Indigenous ecological calendars define scales for climate change and sustainability assessments. Springer 11(1): 69-89.

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Literature
Publication
Cochran, F., Brunsell, N., Cabalzar, A., Van der Veld, P., Azevedo, E., Azevedo, R., Pedrosa, R., Winegar, L. 2016. Indigenous ecological calendars define scales for climate change and sustainability assessments. Springer 11(1): 69-89.
Year Published
2016
Description

"Identifying appropriate temporal and spatial boundaries for assessments of human–environment systems continues to be a challenge in sustainability science. The livelihood of Indigenous peoples in the northwestern Brazilian Amazon are characterized by complex ecological management systems entwined with sociocultural practices and sophisticated astronomical and ecological calendars. Sustainability of fisheries and bitter manioc production, key elements of food systems and economic activities in this region, depend on cyclic high river levels for fish spawning as well as periods of dry days for preparation of agricultural fields. Since 2005, participatory research has been underway between Indigenous communities of the Tiquié River and the Brazilian Socio-environmental Institute (ISA)...To investigate how these possible climatic changes may impact the sustainability of resources, we share knowledge from the Tukano ecological calendar with methodology for examining changes in precipitation and river levels and their interactions at multiple timescales."

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