Socio-environmental Conflict in Manranhão

Research led by Andrea Siqueira

This project aims to investigate the conflicts between the local communities living within and in the borders of the National Park of Lençois Maranhenses.

Created in 1981, the National Park of Lençois covers an area of about 155,000 hectares of the Northeast Brazilian coastal region.

However, only in the past 5 years has the National Environmental Conservation Agency started implement it, and in this process has restricted the use of local natural resources (fish, lakes, dunes, vegetation) and affected the livelihood, including seasonal mobility, of local communities that have been living in the area for more than 200 years. 

This project is in collaboration with colleagues from the Departments of Anthropology and Geography at the University Federal of Maranhão, Brazil (Co-Pi Maristela de Paula Andrade and Benedito de Souza Filho), and is supported by the State of Maranhão Research Agency.