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Savannas of French Guiana : what conservation strategy for socioecosystems between nature and culture?

French Guiana is better known for its Amazon rainforest than for its savannas, which only represent around 0.3% of its territory. However, these are really important not only for the biodiversity but also for the historical and cultural heritage. How to protect them today ? An interdisciplinary consortium of several laboratories from CNRS, UNIFAP, French Guiana University, Aberdeen University and NGOs (GEPOG and Kwata) wanted to answer the question based on data from archeology, history, anthropology, as well as on flora and fauna. The result is a review article published in the journal Tropical Conservation Science.

Pre-Columbian raised fields of Karouabo, French Guiana coast. © Stephen Rostain, 1989.

To find more, please go on the INEE article.

Reference: Stier, A., de Carvalho, W.D., Rostain, S., Catzeflis, F., Claessens, O., Dewynter, M., McKey, D., Mustin, K., Palisse, M., de Thoisy, B., 2020. The Amazonian Savannas of French Guiana : Cultural and Social Importance, Biodiversity, and Conservation Challenges. Tropical Conservation Science 13, 1940082919900471.

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