Geoportal: Assessing the suitability and risks for fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon


Geoportal: Assessing the suitability and risks for fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon

Over the last year, the Project has developed a predictive mapping model for suitability and risks of aquaculture of pacú or tambaquí fish, with a resolution to the municipal level.
To develop the predictive model, the Faunagua mapping team identified various types of variables and assigned threshold values based on the importance of each for successful fish production. The characterization was done with the support of male and female experts in technical meetings and workshops. The methodology identified biophysical factors (water availability, temperature, flooding and soil type) and accessibility factors (markets, fish feed, fingerling providers, and technical assistance), which are considered determinants of success or failure to aquaculture initiatives. Analyzing these factors provided a resulting predictive model which was validated with field work in different sites from the study area. From April to June 2016, with the support of World Fisheries Trust, the FAUNAGUA team received Felipe Lobo, a Brazilian expert in Geographic Information Systems trained at the University of Victoria, to improve upon this planning tool, considered to be a critical model for defining the most suitable areas for fish farming.
In the following months, this Geoportal will be shared as an important new planning tool for the public sector. Users will be able to download customized maps detailing suitability of fish farming in their municipalities and thus improve its development.

Contacts:
José Zubieta, FAUNAGUA, pp_zubiet@yahoo.com
Blanca Vega, FAUNAGUA, blanca_tarija@hotmail.com
Felipe L. Lobo, WFT, INPE (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais), Brasil, felipellobo@gmail.com

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