Conservation activities and biodiversity training in Sumaco National Park, Ecuador

  • Richard Preziosi (Participant)
  • Bebbington, Anthony (Participant)
  • Jennifer Rowntree (Participant)
  • Oldekop, Johan (Participant)
  • Sharon Zytynska (Participant)
  • Nathan Truelove (Participant)

Impact: Economic impacts, Environmental impacts, Societal impacts, Technological impacts


Preziosi and his research group have taken a leading role in conducting biodiversity research in the Ecuadorian Amazon, working in collaboration with national and local governments and indigenous communities. It is critical to monitor and conserve biodiversity in the Ecuadorian Amazon and preserve this unique habitat for local, national and international benefit. Preziosi’s research group have demonstrated that indigenous people can be trained to monitor biodiversity accurately. The impact of introducing these new skills to local people in the Payamino community is that they have been empowered to locally monitor and adaptively manage their own resources. By educating local people about the importance of biodiversity, Preziosi’s research group have changed the behaviours and attitudes of the community, leading to reduced participation in environmentally harmful practices.
Impact date2014
Category of impactEconomic impacts, Environmental impacts, Societal impacts, Technological impacts
Impact levelBenefit

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute