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Evaluation of a Participatory Bird Census Project on Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Farmers Towards Conservation ...

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Title: Evaluation of a Participatory Bird Census Project on Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Farmers Towards Conservation in Coffee-Growing Regions of Colombia
Physical Description: 1 online resource (53 p.)
Language: english
Creator: Lentijo Jimenez, Gloria
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2010

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: attitudes, behaviors, birds, coffee, colombia, conservation, farmers, knowledge
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation thesis, M.S.
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theses   ( marcgt )
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Abstract: Involvement of local communities in conservation projects is considered as a key issue for the success of programs that aim to promote biodiversity protection, but despite potential benefits, participatory approaches are often not evaluated. A participatory bird census (PBC) project has been administered to local coffee farmers in Colombian coffee-growing regions with an emphasis on bird identification, censuses on coffee farms, and general bird-conservation practices. My objectives were 1) to evaluate the effect of the PBC project on conservation knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of coffee farmers and 2) to learn about the barriers farmers perceive toward adopting coffee practices that could improve biodiversity measures and natural resource conservation. I conducted in-person interviews with 261 Colombian coffee farmers, from which 73% where small-scale farmers with a coffee area of less than 5 hectares. I divided respondents into four categories to control for the effects of participation in an environmental coffee certification program (Rainforest Alliance certification); as well as the PBC project: (1) non-PBC participant, non-Rainforest Alliance certified; (2) PBC participant, non-Rainforest Alliance certified; (3) non-PBC participant, Rainforest Alliance certified and (4) PBC participant, Rainforest Alliance certified . Interview results indicated that PBC participant/Rainforest and PBC participant/non-Rainforest were more knowledgeable about migratory and threatened birds. In general, farmers in all groups had positive attitudes toward birds. Ninety-six percent of respondents agreed that birds provide benefits to their farms and 87% believed that running a coffee business is not incompatible with bird conservation. PBC participant/Rainforest, PBC participant/non-Rainforest and non-PBC participant/Rainforest groups believed they had the skills to perform bird conservation-practices on their farms. PBC participant/Rainforest and non-PBC participant/Rainforest groups were more likely to preserve forest fragments and natural vegetation along streams, although 76% of farmers were performing conservation behaviors. Farmers believed that lack of environmental awareness and lack of knowledge were the main barriers to perform bird conservation practices in the region. The results of my study suggest that participatory programs like the PBC project have the potential to promote bird conservation on private lands, particularly in association with monetary compensations. Bird conservation in coffee-growing regions can become more of a reality if programs give farmers detailed biodiversity management information.
General Note: In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note: Includes vita.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility: by Gloria Lentijo Jimenez.
Thesis: Thesis (M.S.)--University of Florida, 2010.
Local: Adviser: Hostetler, Mark E.

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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UFE0042174/00001

Material Information

Title: Evaluation of a Participatory Bird Census Project on Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Farmers Towards Conservation in Coffee-Growing Regions of Colombia
Physical Description: 1 online resource (53 p.)
Language: english
Creator: Lentijo Jimenez, Gloria
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2010

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: attitudes, behaviors, birds, coffee, colombia, conservation, farmers, knowledge
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation thesis, M.S.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Involvement of local communities in conservation projects is considered as a key issue for the success of programs that aim to promote biodiversity protection, but despite potential benefits, participatory approaches are often not evaluated. A participatory bird census (PBC) project has been administered to local coffee farmers in Colombian coffee-growing regions with an emphasis on bird identification, censuses on coffee farms, and general bird-conservation practices. My objectives were 1) to evaluate the effect of the PBC project on conservation knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of coffee farmers and 2) to learn about the barriers farmers perceive toward adopting coffee practices that could improve biodiversity measures and natural resource conservation. I conducted in-person interviews with 261 Colombian coffee farmers, from which 73% where small-scale farmers with a coffee area of less than 5 hectares. I divided respondents into four categories to control for the effects of participation in an environmental coffee certification program (Rainforest Alliance certification); as well as the PBC project: (1) non-PBC participant, non-Rainforest Alliance certified; (2) PBC participant, non-Rainforest Alliance certified; (3) non-PBC participant, Rainforest Alliance certified and (4) PBC participant, Rainforest Alliance certified . Interview results indicated that PBC participant/Rainforest and PBC participant/non-Rainforest were more knowledgeable about migratory and threatened birds. In general, farmers in all groups had positive attitudes toward birds. Ninety-six percent of respondents agreed that birds provide benefits to their farms and 87% believed that running a coffee business is not incompatible with bird conservation. PBC participant/Rainforest, PBC participant/non-Rainforest and non-PBC participant/Rainforest groups believed they had the skills to perform bird conservation-practices on their farms. PBC participant/Rainforest and non-PBC participant/Rainforest groups were more likely to preserve forest fragments and natural vegetation along streams, although 76% of farmers were performing conservation behaviors. Farmers believed that lack of environmental awareness and lack of knowledge were the main barriers to perform bird conservation practices in the region. The results of my study suggest that participatory programs like the PBC project have the potential to promote bird conservation on private lands, particularly in association with monetary compensations. Bird conservation in coffee-growing regions can become more of a reality if programs give farmers detailed biodiversity management information.
General Note: In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note: Includes vita.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility: by Gloria Lentijo Jimenez.
Thesis: Thesis (M.S.)--University of Florida, 2010.
Local: Adviser: Hostetler, Mark E.

Record Information

Source Institution: UFRGP
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: lcc - LD1780 2010
System ID: UFE0042174:00001


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Colombian coffee agroecosystems

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Participatory Bird Census

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Study Area Survey Instrument Design

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Data Analysis

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Knowledge about Birds

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Attitudes and Capability toward Bird Conservation

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Barriers Farmers Perceive toward Adopting Conservation Practices for Birds

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Limitations of the Study

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Conclusions and Future Directions

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Questions about knowledge Questions about attitudes and capability to implement bird conservation practices

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Questions about conservation behaviors

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