Globalization and the Connection of Remote Communities: Environmental Implications
The forces of globalization increasingly are penetrating the remote communities of the world and are likely to affect profoundly the local use of natural resources. Remote communities, those that lie at the periphery of existing global market, migration, and technology networks, are increasingly connecting to these networks through infrastructure projects such as roads, rail, ports, and communication technologies. More info...
During the first three years of the project, MSU and URACCAN-Bluefields researchers traveled to communities to conduct surveys and monitor local wildlife populations. We conducted over 1300 household surveys in thirteen communities, and used camera traps to monitor wildlife in four key forest preserves.
|White-faced Capuchin investigates a camera trap.
||Conducting an interview during wash time in Karawala..
||A jaguar passes a camera trap along a forest trail.
Research Location: Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast
fabled Caribbean "Mosquito" Coast of Nicaragua represents one of the last roadless and
isolated areas of
Central America, a condition
that has contributed to its wildness and has hampered its economic development.
The isolation of the
Caribbean Coast is diminishing
as two new highways that connect the coast to the national highway system and
to global markets are completed. More info...
Coupled Natural and Human Systems
Our understanding of the complexities of environmental, social, and economic problem increasingly points to synergistic linkages between the natural and human dimensions. This research project is a multi-year endeavor to assess the connections between human activities and natural systems on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. This research is supported by the National Science Foundation's Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program through grant #0815966.
Wildlife of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua
Vida Silvestre de la Costa Caribe Nicaraguense
Our recent publication of the first wildlife guide for Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast has had a great impact on local knowledge and appreciation of wildlife. The guide combines traditional ecological knowledge and western scientific knowledge to produce a highly readable, informative booklet. Versions are available both in English and Spanish.
Research supported by grant #0815966 from the
Contact Dr. Gerald Urquhart for questions about this website.
This project has received support from the Center for Global Change and Earth Observation, the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, the Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy Specialization, and International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University.
For information about specific research activities, email the appropriate member of the research team. General inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Daniel Kramer or Dr. Gerald Urquhart.
Stevens, K., L Campbell, G. Urquhart, D. Kramer and J. Qi. 2011. Examining complexities of forest cover change during armed conflict on Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast. Biodiversity and Conservation 20: 2597–2613.
Kramer, D. B., G.
Urquhart, and K. Schmitt. 2009. Globalization and the connection of remote communities: A review of household
effects and their biodiversity implications. Ecological Economics 68 2897–2909
About Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast
Michigan State University
Universidad de las Regiones Autónomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense (URACCAN)
- Diala Lopez, M.Sc., Director, Institute for Natural Resources, Environment, and Sustainable Development(IREMADES)
- Kirkman Roe, M.Sc., Project Coordinator, Institute for Natural Resources, Environment, and Sustainable
- Ing. Juan Mendoza, Institute for Natural Resources, Environment, and Sustainable