The Baram Heritage Survey Initiative is a collaborative project that has trained local forest-dependent communities to be effective managers of socio-ecological sustainability by connecting scientific methods to traditional ecological knowledge. This collaborative process, whereby local communities participate in the long term collection of social and ecological data alongside scientists, generates long-standing buy-in from the communities, deepens local knowledge, and as active participants demystifies the scientific process for communities.
Together with a management team, technicians from participating communities will clear walking paths on transects. The technicians will then walk these paths one time per month for 12 months to collect data on animal signs and observations. They will also collect data on household income, hunting, gathering, and land use. We are now developing a plant component of the survey to identify important tree and plant species. We are seeking interested students and researchers to assist with developing the methodology and identifying key species.