The majority of our members, and the lifeblood of our work, are paraecologists: members of local villages trained and employed as researchers and community organizers. Paraecologists have been collecting a diverse suite of social-ecological data in 20 villages since 2015. These researchers quantify bushmeat abundance and use, and with the help of their communities they co-produce a dataset novel in its scale, resolution, and application to local wildlife management. Paraecologists also work with hundreds of participating hunters using simple GPS technology to map hunts.
This work is an iterative, ongoing process: villages come together to create and adapt their own hunting and wildlife management through extensive community meetings, leveraging the data they collect to inform their decisions and actions.
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