The effect of wealth and real income on wildlife consumption among native Amazonians in Bolivia: Estimates of annual trends with longitudinal household data (2002-2006)

R. Godoy*, E. A. Undurraga, D. Wilkie, V. Reyes-García, T. Huanca, W. R. Leonard, T. McDade, S. Tanner, V. Vadez

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Abstract

Over the last decades, native Amazonians have put increasing pressure on animal wildlife owing to growth in demand. Across societies, household monetary income and wealth shape food consumption; hence, so it is natural to ask what effect might these variables have on the demand for wildlife consumption among native Amazonians, particularly as they gain a stronger foothold in the market economy and increasing de jure stewardship over their territories. Prior estimates of the effects of household monetary income and household wealth on wildlife consumption among native Amazonians have relied on cross-sectional data and produced unclear results. The goal of this research was to improve the precision of previous estimates by drawing on a larger sample and on longitudinal data. The analysis draws on a dataset composed of five consecutive annual surveys (2002-2006, inclusive) from 324 households in a native Amazonian society of foragers and farmers in Bolivia (Tsimane'). Multiple regression analysis is used to estimate the association between wildlife consumption and monetary income and wealth. Wildlife consumption bore a positive association with the level of household wealth and no significant association with household monetary income. Among Tsimane', the main internal threat to wildlife conservation in the short run will likely arise from increases in wealth, probably from the enhanced capacity that selected physical assets (e.g. guns) have in the capture of animal wildlife.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-274
Number of pages10
JournalAnimal Conservation
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Birds
  • Demand growth
  • Fish
  • Game
  • Income-elasticity
  • Wildlife consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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