Promoting the protection of biodiversity in indigenous territories
Training on the preservation of the flora and fauna of the Caribbean Coast.
Josselyn Flores

The URACCAN Bluefields campus, within the framework of the Tapir Conservation Project, shares knowledge and knowledge with students on the methodology of experimental quantitative research, with the aim of strengthening their skills to contribute with studies aimed at the preservation of biodiversity on the Caribbean Coast.

For this reason, a training workshop was held from the Bluefields campus aimed at the student community, particularly the careers of Agroforestry Engineering and Sociology. The initiative focuses on themes on the preservation of the flora and fauna of the region, taught by the teacher of the New Guinean compound, Carlos Alvarez. In addition, through this meeting, it is intended to carry out a forest diagnosis and work with tapir and species of mastofauna, among other topics related to the preservation of biodiversity.

Teacher Xiomara Treminio, coordinator of the Institute of Natural Resources Environment and Sustainable Development (IREMADES), explained that it was decided to do this exercise with students to strengthen their knowledge, who are interested in this type of studies and who have sufficient knowledge to carry out studies and research in the field.

"This project, because of its relevance of fauna conservation, associated with the protection of flora and cultivation, is working with Agroforestry students, articulated with sociology students, to integrate the perception and behavior part of the population in terms of the care and preservation of Danto," Treminio justified.

Connecting with indigenous peoples

For her part, teacher Neydi Gutierrez, coordinator of the Research and Postgraduate area, emphasized the importance of the interaction between biodiversity with indigenous peoples, in the territories of the Caribbean Coast.

"There is a close relationship between biodiversity and indigenous peoples, so these researches will lead to the outcome of all that connection in the territories, by monitoring species and it is important to mention that we are doing so in indigenous territories, mainly in reserve areas," Gutierrez reported.

Learning by doing

The working mechanism for this project with students is based on the principle of learning by doing. "We are in a training process with students where we base the principle of learning by doing; we are concluding the proposals together and collectively, involving the community and doing the process after field in order to present the results. We aim to make the background of results of this project highly relevant to the peoples and territorial governments, so there is a close articulation with them throughout this research process," she concluded.