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Economía, sociedad y territorio

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LAGUNAS-VAZQUEZ, Magdalena; BELTRAN-MORALES, Luis Felipe; URCIAGA-GARCIA, José  and  ORTEGA-RUBIO, Alfredo. Participative rural appraisal: Natural resource usage in El Vizcaíno biosphere reserve, BCS, Mexico. Econ. soc. territ [online]. 2008, vol.8, n.26, pp.451-476. ISSN 2448-6183.

In this paper we describe our experience during a participative research where we emphasise the importance of linking the different social players (in this case, protected rural areas), the academic sector and nongovernmental organisations. We analyse the results of a participative rural appraisal (PRA or ERP in Spanish) carried out in El Vizcaíno biosphere reserve, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Apart from identifying the problems perceived by the social players and their proposals to solve them, we obtained information about the usage of natural resources by the residents of the different communities and formulated a joint plan for their exploitation.

Keywords : participative rural appraisal; protected natural areas; natural resource usage; rural communities.

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