Floodplain dynamics, changing socioeconomic conditions and livelihoods in the Peruvian Amazon: a multi-year study in a floodplain community along the Ucayali River

Authors: Christian Abizaid*, University of Toronto, Jennifer Langill, McGill University
Topics: Cultural Ecology, Cultural and Political Ecology, Latin America
Keywords: cultural ecology, peasant rural livelihoods, environmental and socioeconomic change, Amazonia; Peru
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: President's Boardroom, Omni, East
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Research on livelihoods in the Amazon has documented multiple ways in which Amazonian peoples make a living in the context of environmental and socioeconomic change. In spite of their marginal status, complex history, and the difficult conditions they face, Indigenous peoples and ribereƱos in Amazonia have been found to be resourceful and resilient when dealing with floods and changing economic conditions, yet our understanding of these processes over time is less well known. This paper reports on a long-term study on floodplain dynamics, changing socioeconomic conditions, and livelihoods in a floodplain community near Pucallpa. We draw on satellite imagery combined with ethnographic and survey data collected by the authors at 6 separate occasions between 2002 and 2018 to examine how floodplain characteristics and socioeconomic conditions have changed, and how livelihoods and social life have evolved with them over time. Implications for conservation and development are discussed.

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