Skip to Main Content
Landscape Conservation and Social Tension in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest: Challenges for Implementing SustainabilityAuthor(s): Libia Patricia Peralta Agudelo; Maristela Marangon
Source: In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 550-557
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
PDF: View PDF (1.1 MB)
DescriptionThe study is based in the Environmental Protection Area of Guaraqueçaba located in the Atlantic Forest of the State of Paraná, southern Brazil. EPAs in Brazil allow private ownership, resource extraction, and agriculture according to predefined land use laws. A systems’ approach was adopted to define the main interacting variables needed to understand the local socio-economic context and the causes of an observed increase in illegal activities. The Atlantic Forest is of particular importance as it was declared a “hotspot” in 1992 for its endemic biodiversity and high risk of destruction; today only 7% of the original cover remains as scattered fragments. A series of increasing social and environmental conflicts have been observed in the EPA because the Law restricted traditional agricultural practices without defining alternatives to sustain locals. As a result, new forms of illegal behaviors emerged, such as indiscriminate extraction and hunting, with devastating effects. The methodology adopted herein assists in understanding the core of these conflicts and permits the formulation of strategies to minimize them. Based on the redefinition of the perception of sustainability both from the local people and law enforcement perspectives and through the reconciliation of traditional practices and cultural issues, it allows the reconnection of people to their place and its ecological dynamics.
- You may send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationAgudelo, Libia Patricia Peralta; Marangon, Maristela. 2006. Landscape Conservation and Social Tension in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest: Challenges for Implementing Sustainability. In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 550-557
Keywordsmonitoring, assessment, sustainability, Western Hemisphere, sustainable management, ecosystem resources, landscape conservation, Brazilian Atlantic Forest
- Back to the future? Tourism, place, and sustainability
- Introduction: The Growing Importance of Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge
- Catalyzing sustainability: Cornell University's field practicum in conservation and sustainable development
XML: View XML