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Embera

Emberá

Chocó department, Colombia and eastern Panama

 

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

 
 

Ethnobotany is an area of research in which the Emberá of Panama are engaged. They have partned with biologist and CICADA collaborator Catherine Potvin on local Emberá 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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