College of Liberal Arts

The Peruvian Amazon Rural Livelihoods and Poverty (PARLAP) Project: A Large-scale Study Among Rain Forest Communities in Western Amazonia

Friday Feb 24, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | CLA 0.128

Dr. Christian Abizaid, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto St. George

Large scale surveys of rain forest livelihoods in remote, data-poor regions open up exciting new possibilities for understanding the livelihoods and well-being of forest peoples. In this lecture, I describe the Peruvian Amazon Rural Livelihoods and Poverty (PARLAP) Project, which is currently underway in four major river sub-basins in eastern Peru. PARLAP combines data from an extensive census of 919 communities, with remote sensing, GIS and historical information to examine the links between rural livelihoods and poverty in the lowland Peruvian Amazon. Specifically, in this presentation I will discuss recent findings from the PARLAP project on how environmental and economic factors shape economic orientation at the community level; regional patterns of interaction among rural communities; and community exposure to environmental hazards (floods, riverbank erosion and river recession). Insights on each of these areas contribute to our understanding of rural livelihoods in this poorly understood region.

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