Multi-level governance of land use changes in the Brazilian Amazon: Lessons from Paragominas, State of Pará

Piketty Marie-Gabrielle, Poccard Chapuis René, Drigo Isabel, Coudel Emilie, Plassin Sophie, Laurent François, Thales Marcelo Cordeiro. 2015. Multi-level governance of land use changes in the Brazilian Amazon: Lessons from Paragominas, State of Pará. Forests, 6 (5) : pp. 1516-1536.

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : FORESTRY

Abstract : Land use governance in the Brazilian Amazon has undergone significant changes in the last decade. At the national level, law enforcement capacity has increased and downstream industries linked to commodity chains responsible for deforestation have begun to monitor some of their suppliers' impacts on forests. At the municipal level, local actors have launched a Green Municipality initiative, aimed at eliminating deforestation and supporting green supply chains at the territorial level. In this paper, we analyze the land use transition since 2001 in Paragominas-the first Green Municipality-and discuss the limits of the governance arrangements underpinning these changes. Our work draws on a spatially explicit analysis of biophysical variables and qualitative information collected in interviews with key private and public stakeholders of the main commodity chains operating in the region. We argue that, up to now, the emerging multi-level scheme of land governance has not succeeded in promoting large-scale land use intensification, reforestation and rehabilitation of degraded lands. Moreover, private governance mechanisms based on improved product standards, fail to benefit from potential successful partnerships between the public and private sector at the territorial level. We propose a governance approach that adopts a broader territorial focus as a way forward. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Utilisation des terres, Gouvernance, Impact sur l'environnement, Législation, protection de la forêt, Forêt tropicale humide, forêt tropicale, Déboisement, Récupération des sols, Reconstitution forestière, Participation communautaire, Secteur public, secteur privé, Politique de l'environnement, Aménagement du territoire, approches participatives

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Brésil, Amazonie

Classification Agris : E11 - Land economics and policies
K70 - Forest injuries and protection
E14 - Development economics and policies
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Piketty Marie-Gabrielle, CIRAD-ES-UPR GREEN (FRA)
  • Poccard Chapuis René, CIRAD-ES-UMR SELMET (BRA) ORCID: 0000-0003-2200-0637
  • Drigo Isabel, Nexus Socioambiental (BRA)
  • Coudel Emilie, CIRAD-ES-UPR GREEN (BRA)
  • Plassin Sophie, CIRAD-ES-UMR SELMET (BRA)
  • Laurent François, Université du Maine (FRA)
  • Thales Marcelo Cordeiro, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi (BRA)

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