AGENTS: Amazon governance to enable transformation to sustainability
The Amazon basin hosts locally and globally important environmental services, social-cultural diversity, and economic activities. Governing this region amid accelerated changes is a pressing challenge for Amazonian countries. While government programs are often more visible and certainly important, most sustainable forest and land use management initiatives are locally initiated.
Building upon long-term research of team members, the AGENTS project integrates geospatial analyses and participatory methodologies to assess non-state conservation efforts and challenges via stakeholder engagement, in-depth field research, modeling of land change and conservation, and participatory scenarios. The project is mapping where and how non-state actors sustainably use and conserve forests, agricultural systems, and ecosystems in social-ecologically diverse areas across the region. We will analyze 25 years of land use change in watersheds shared by communal, state, private, and protected lands to identify interactions and conservation patterns. We will define governance problems, research questions, analyze initial results, and draft scenarios in collaboration with diverse land users sharing common watersheds. Support: NSF-USA, FAPESP-Brazil, Vetenskapsrådet-Sweden, NOW-The Netherlands.
Project contact: Eduardo Brondízio