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Place-based solutions for global social-ecological dilemmas: An analysis of locally grounded, diversified, and cross-scalar initiatives in the Amazon

Publié le 27 juin 2023 Mis à jour le 27 juin 2023

This article was published in Global Environmental Change Journal, co-authored by Taís González, SONYA´S Ph.D. candidate highlighting that initiatives led by grassroots actors achieve better social-ecological outcomes. Multi-specialization of activities promotes positive sustainability transformations. Initiatives with cross-sectoral and -scalar partnerships are more successful. Place-based initiatives promote sustainable pathways and transformative change. Finally, grassroots empowerment is vital for external actors seeking to promote sustainability.

Tais Sonetti Gonzalez

The Amazon has diverse social and environmental initiatives that adopt forest-based land-use practices to promote rural development and support local livelihoods. However, they are often insufficiently recognized as transformative pathways to sustainability, and the factors that explain their success remain understudied. To address this gap, this paper proposes that local initiatives that pursue three particular pathways are more likely to generate improvements in social-ecological outcomes: (1) maintaining close connections with local grassroots, (2) pursuing diversity in productive activities performed and partnership choices, and (3) developing cross-scale collaborations. Among the article´s findings is the need to make governmental and non-governmental support (e.g., financial, technical, political) available according to local needs to enable local initiatives’ own ways of addressing global environmental change.

The article is not open-access, but it will be available for the next 50 days at: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1hHfN3Q8oQH2iD

le 27 juin 2023