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A social and ecological assessment of tropical land uses at multiple scales: the Sustainable amazon network

Gardner, Toby A. and Ferreira, J. and Barlow, J. and Lees, A. C. and Parry, L. and Vieira, I. C. G. and Berenguer, E. and Abramovay, R. and Aleixo, A. and Andretti, C. and Aragao, L. E. O. C. and Araujo, I. and de Avila, W. S. and Bardgett, R. D. and Batistella, M. and Begotti, R. A. and Beldini, T. and de Blas, D. E. and Braga, R. F. and Braga, D. d. L. and de Brito, J. G. and de Camargo, P. B. and Campos dos Santos, F. and de Oliveira, V. C. and Cordeiro, A. C. N. and Cardoso, T. M. and de Carvalho, D. R. and Castelani, S. A. and Chaul, J. C. M. and Cerri, C. E. and Costa, F. d. A. and da Costa, C. D. F. and Coudel, E. and Coutinho, A. C. and Cunha, D. and D'Antona, A. and Dezincourt, J. and Dias-Silva, K. and Durigan, M. and Esquerdo, J. C. D. M. and Feres, J. and Ferraz, S. F. d. B. and Ferreira, A. E. d. M. and Fiorini, A. C. and da Silva, L. V. F. and Frazao, F. S. and Garrett, R. and Gomes, A. d. S. and Goncalves, K. d. S. and Guerrero, J. B. and Hamada, N. and Hughes, R. M. and Igliori, D. C. and Jesus, E. d. C. and Juen, L. and Junior, M. and Junior, J. M. B. d. O. and Junior, R. C. d. O. and Junior, C. S. and Kaufmann, P. and Korasaki, V. and Leal, C. G. and Leitao, R. and Lima, N. and Almeida, M. d. F. L. and Lourival, R. and Louzada, J. and Nally, R. M. and Marchand, S. and Maues, M. M. and Moreira, F. M. S. and Morsello, C. and Moura, N. and Nessimian, J. and Nunes, S. and Oliveira, V. H. F. and Pardini, R. and Pereira, H. C. and Pompeu, P. S. and Ribas, C. R. and Rossetti, F. and Schmidt, F. A. and da Silva, R. and da Silva, R. C. V. M. and da Silva, T. F. M. R. and Silveira, J. and Siqueira, J. V. and de Carvalho, T. S. and Solar, R. R. C. and Tancredi, N. S. H. and Thomson, J. R. and Torres, P. C. and Vaz-de-Mello, F. Z. and Veiga, R. C. S. and Venturieri, A. and Viana, C. and Weinhold, Diana and Zanetti, R. and Zuanon, J. (2013) A social and ecological assessment of tropical land uses at multiple scales: the Sustainable amazon network. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368 (1619). p. 20120166. ISSN 0962-8436

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Identification Number: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0166


Science has a critical role to play in guiding more sustainable development trajectories. Here, we present the Sustainable Amazon Network (Rede Amazônia Sustentável, RAS): a multidisciplinary research initiative involving more than 30 partner organizations working to assess both social and ecological dimensions of land-use sustainability in eastern Brazilian Amazonia. The research approach adopted by RAS offers three advantages for addressing land-use sustainability problems: (i) the collection of synchronized and co-located ecological and socioeconomic data across broad gradients of past and present human use; (ii) a nested sampling design to aid comparison of ecological and socioeconomic conditions associated with different land uses across local, landscape and regional scales; and (iii) a strong engagement with a wide variety of actors and non-research institutions. Here, we elaborate on these key features, and identify the ways in which RAS can help in highlighting those problems in most urgent need of attention, and in guiding improvements in land-use sustainability in Amazonia and elsewhere in the tropics. We also discuss some of the practical lessons, limitations and realities faced during the development of the RAS initiative so far.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s)
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 09:12
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2014 12:08
Projects: CNPq 574008/2008-0, SEG: and, NE/F01614X/1, NE/G000816/1, NE/F015356/2 and NE/l018123, 477583/2009-1, 2011/19108-0, DP120100797
Funders: Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia—Biodiversidade e Uso da Terra na Amazônia, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária—Embrapa, Natural Environment Research Council, Nature Conservancy, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, São Paulo Research Foundation, Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do estado de Minas Gerais, Brazilian Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, Australian Research Council

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