Strengthening the traditional fishermen organization TIKA: Environmental governance in indigenous fishery management practices in a strategic wetland ecosystem in the Colombian Amazon. Leticia, Colombia
The aim is to improve environmental governance of indigenous communities in order to promote the conservation of fish diversity and population in the Yahuarcaca lake system by strengthening existing efforts using present-day monitoring techniques integrating both scientific and traditional ecological knowledge. So far, the fishery organization TIKA was formed by indigenous communities and has developed fishery agreements and conducted basic monitoring activities. However, to achieve better results concerning conservation and restoration effectiveness, the people of TIKA stand in need for improving their strategies, generate ecological data to allow them to make better decisions and strengthen the existing efforts and advances.
The methodology is based on citizen science which allows to integrate scientific and indigenous knowledge to improve nature management strategies by generating and sharing pertinent knowledge. Training 30 people from TIKA to use the app ICTIO (Cornell University) to register ecological data on commercial and key fish species and their habitats. Ecological monitoring; 12 surveys per month for 6 months conducted by associated fishers. Six community meetings, each month one, to analyze data and adjust fishery and management agreements and practices related to environmental governance. Follow-up and evaluation activities with the participants in order to adjust and improve the results.