Shepherds’ local knowledge and scientific data on the scavenging ecosystem service: Insights for conservation

Publikation: Beiträge in ZeitschriftenZeitschriftenaufsätzeForschungbegutachtet


  • Zebensui Morales-Reyes
  • Berta Martín-López
  • Marcos Moleón
  • Patricia Mateo-Tomás
  • Pedro P. Olea
  • Eneko Arrondo
  • José A. Donázar
  • José A. Sánchez-Zapata
Integrating indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) and scientific knowledge (SK) in the evaluation of ecosystem services has been recommended by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. We examined the similarities and contradictions between shepherds’ ILK and SK on the scavenging service provided by vertebrates in Spain. We conducted 73 face-to-face surveys with shepherds to evaluate their ILK. We collected scientific information on 20 scavenger species by monitoring the consumption of 45 livestock carcasses with camera traps. We found a high consistency between ILK and SK regarding the provision of the scavenging service by vertebrates, which was also consistent over the range of shepherd ages and experience. Our findings support the importance of ILK held by shepherds to better understand and to collect information on the scavenging service, particularly at the species level. The integration of ILK and SK into the management strategies of scavengers can benefit the conservation of globally endangered scavengers and the ecosystem services they provide.
Seiten (von - bis)48-60
Anzahl der Seiten13
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 01.01.2019

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