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Co-managing a Complex Commons: The Case of a Marine Protected Area Established along a Coastal Urban Setting in Brazil

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dc.contributor.author Seixas, Cristiana Simao en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:37:57Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:37:57Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-11-13 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-11-13 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1587
dc.description.abstract "Coastal urban areas are often good examples of complex commons. This paper examines the co-management of a marine protected area established in 1997 along the coast of an urban area in Brazil: the Arraial do Cabo Marine Extractive Reserve. The Reserve area is used for fisheries, tourism, port and chemical industry. We use stakeholder analyses to investigate the history of and potential interventions in managing the Reserve. Field research (2005-2007) included informal interviews, structured open-ended interviews, participant observation and archival research. Initially, the co-management involved only the Federal Environmental Agency and the traditional population, especially fishers, and focused mainly on a single-commons: fisheries. Since 2002, a major change in legislation at the national level required the development of a co-management board involving all major stakeholders in order to manage a complex commons: the coastal zone of Arraial do Cabo. Although expected to be more inclusive/participative, this board has not been crafted yet due to numerous stakeholder conflicts and lack of resources/preparedness of many groups, including government. We conclude that co-managing a complex commons requires involvement of all interested parties, particularly when a marine protected area is established along a coastal urban setting. Although there are legal instruments available to develop platforms of resource user negotiation in Brazil, much still has to be improved concerning capacity of stakeholders (including government agents) to engage in collective action and decision making." en_US
dc.subject coastal resources en_US
dc.subject complex systems en_US
dc.subject co-management en_US
dc.subject urbanization en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.title Co-managing a Complex Commons: The Case of a Marine Protected Area Established along a Coastal Urban Setting in Brazil en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.coverage.country Brazil en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.subject.sector Urban Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 14-18, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Cheltenham, England en_US

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