Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology

Part of the series Springer Protocols Handbooks pp 335-347


Methods and Techniques for Research on the Supply Chains of Biodiversity Products

  • Rafael Ricardo Vasconcelos da SilvaAffiliated withLaboratory of Applied Ethnobotany, Department of Biology, Federal Rural University of Pernambuco
  • , Laura Jane GomesAffiliated withDepartment of Forest Science, Federal University of Sergipe
  • , Ulysses Paulino AlbuquerqueAffiliated withLaboratory of Applied and Theoretical Ethnobiology, Department of Biology, Federal Rural University of Pernambuco

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A “supply chain” comprises the set of transactions needed to produce a good or service, including the path from production to the end user. In ethnoecological and ethnobiological studies, the focus on supply chains allows a wider contextualization of the socioeconomic importance of biodiversity products. This wider context includes the agents outside the local communities and allows a more thorough analysis of the factors that influence the commercial use of native species by local populations. In this chapter, we discuss the primary methods and techniques used to study the supply chains of biodiversity products.

Key words

Supply chain Extractivism Biodiversity products Socio-biodiversity Socioeconomics