Name of scheme


Freshwater turtle monitoring system of the Cofán Indians


Biome (terrestrial; freshwater; marine)



What is monitored


River turtles

Who compiles data


Community members

Number of community members involved


150 (2003)

Spatial scale. Size of area monitored


1200 ha along river (in the Cofán-managed territory of 120,000 ha)

Methods used


Methods include, e.g., transects and village group discussions

Year of initiation



Funded by


Funded by The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Documents or publications available


Mendua et al. 2004, Yiyoguaje et al. 2004, Townsend et al. 2005

Organizers and contact details


The Field Museum of Chicago formed a partnership with the Cofa´n Wendy R. Townsend: The Field Museum, Chicago, Ill, Casilla 6266, Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Randall Borman A., Eduardo Yiyoguaje and Luis Mendua: Cofán Survival Fund, Domingo Refingo, Quito, Ecuador. E-mail:; Fax: +591-3-355-6925.


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