A social and ecological assessment of tropical land uses at multiple scales: the Sustainable Amazon Network

Toby Gardner, Joice Ferreira, Jos Barlow, Alexander Lees, Luke Parry, Ima Vieira, Erika Berenguer, Ricardo Abramovay, Alexandre Aleixo, Christian Andretti, Luiz Aragao, Ivanei Araujo, Williams de Avila, Richard Bardgett, Mateus Batistella, Rodrigo Begotti, Troy Beldini, Driss de Blas, Rodrigo Braga, Danielle BragaJanaina de Brito, Plinio de Camargo, Fabiane dos Santos, Vivian de Oliveira, Amanda Cordeiro, Thiago Cardoso, Deborah de Carvalho, Sergio Castelani, Julio Chaul, Carlos Cerri, Francisco Costa, Carla da Costa, Emilie Coudel, Alexandre Coutinho, Denis Cunha, Alvaro D'Antona, Joelma Dezincourt, Karina Dias-Silva, Mariana Durigan, Julio Esquerdo, Jose Feres, Silvio Ferra, Amanda Ferreira, Ana Fiorini, Lenise Silva, Fabio Frazao, Rachel Garrett, Alessandra Gomes, Karoline Goncalves, Jose Guerrero, Neusa Hamada, Robert Hughes, Danilo Igliori, Ederson Jesus, Leandro Juen, Miercio Junior, Jose Junior, Raimundo Junior, Carlos Junior, Phil Kaufmann, Vanesca Korasaki, Cecilia Leal, Rafael Leitao, Natalia Lima, Maria Almeida, Reinaldo Lourival, Julio Louzada, Ralph MAC NALLY, Sebastien Marchand, Marcia Maues, Fatima Moreira, Carla Morsello, Nargila Moura, Jorge Nessimian, Samia Nunes, Victor Oliveira, Renata Pardini, Heloisa Pereira, Paulo Pompeu, Carla Ribas, Felipe Rossetti, Fernando Schmidt, Rodrigo Silva, Regina da Silva, Thiago da Silva, Juliana Silveira, Joao Siqueira, Teotonio de Carvalho, Ricardo Solar, Nicola Tancred, Jim THOMSON, Patricia Torres, Fernando Vaz-de-Mello, Ruan Veiga, Adriano Venturieri, Cecilia Viana, Diana Weinhold, Ronald Zanetti, Jansen Zuanon

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume368
Issue number1619 (20120166)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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    Gardner, T., Ferreira, J., Barlow, J., Lees, A., Parry, L., Vieira, I., Berenguer, E., Abramovay, R., Aleixo, A., Andretti, C., Aragao, L., Araujo, I., de Avila, W., Bardgett, R., Batistella, M., Begotti, R., Beldini, T., de Blas, D., Braga, R., ... 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 (20120166)), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2012.0166