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 Catherine Potvin and Juvenal Quiroz, president of the Embera Congress of Alto Bayano in Panama (Source: Lisa Lutz, http://biology.mcgill.ca/faculty/potvin/).
Catherine Potvin and Juvenal Quiroz, president of the Embera Congress of Alto Bayano in Panama (Source: Lisa Lutz, http://biology.mcgill.ca/faculty/potvin/).

 
 

Ethnobotany is an area of research in which the Embera of Panama are engaged. They have partned with biologist and CICADA collaborator Catherine Potvin on local Embera knowledge on plant resources. Potvin explains that combining local knowledge with ethnobotanical research is important for determining conservation priorities and initiating conservation action.

 
 
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CICADA researcher Catherine Potvin, professor of Biology at McGill University.
CICADA researcher Catherine Potvin, professor of Biology at McGill University.

“Ethnobotany, by focusing on the knowledge, use, and management of plants by people, can provide an understanding of the nature of management problems and the potential for conservation on local territories.”

 
 
 

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