Co-management of culturally important species: A tool to promote biodiversity conservation and human well-being

Carolina Tavares Freitas, Priscila F. M. Lopes, João Vitor Campos-Silva, Mae M. Noble, Robert Dyball, Carlos A. Peres

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Co-management has been advocated as an effective tool to achieve natural resource conservation worldwide. Yet, the potential of co-management arrangements can fail to be realized when there is insufficient local engagement. In this perspective paper, we argue that co-management schemes focusing on culturally important species (CIS) can help overcome this issue by engaging local people's interest. To develop this theory, we explore published data on the outcomes of two management schemes, both encompassing multiple independent initiatives, to discuss CIS-management effects and benefits. We also show a compilation of CIS examples throughout the world and discuss the potential of CIS-management to reach a global audience. Based on these data, we argue that CIS-management can be an effective tool to reconcile the often intractable goals of biodiversity conservation and human welfare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-81
Number of pages21
JournalPeople and Nature
Issue number1
Early online date13 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Amazon
  • Arapaima spp.
  • collaborative management
  • cultural keystone species
  • culturally significant species
  • Podocnemis spp
  • resource use
  • traditional people

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