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Luna Azul

versión impresa ISSN 1909-2474

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ZAPATA-CIRO, Jennifer; GUEVARA, Giovany  y  CASTANO-VILLA, Gabriel Jaime. POPULAR KNOWLEDGE AND CONSERVATION PERSPECTIVES ON THE INLAND TURTLES AT THE LOWER PART OF LA MIEL RIVER(COLOMBIA). Luna Azul [online]. 2016, n.43, pp.15-28. ISSN 1909-2474.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17151/luaz.2016.43.2.

The lower part of La Miel River, located at the north-east of the Department of Caldas, hosts five Colombian inland turtle species. Information about knowledge and turtles' use (for food, trade, or pets) was recorded using a semi-structured questionnaire applied to 101 watershed residents, from May to September 2014. The survey included personal, knowledge, and use information accordingly to sex, principal work (housewife, fisherman/boatman, farmer/laborer, steward) and inhabitant type (native, foreign). Our results suggest that freshwater turtles in the study area have declined due an apparent long history of human consumption; mainly for food, pet, and occasionally for trade. However, these data also suggest that despite human impact, La Miel River could support a large number of turtles along the basin, underscoring the importance of this aquatic system as one of the most important habitats for the conservation of freshwater turtles in the country. In addition, our results illustrate some relevant human-wildlife relationships, which can be used to advance new efforts toward freshwater turtle management under local and national context.

Palabras clave : Podocnemis lewyana; Inland turtles; traditional uses of turtles.

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