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Participatory Stakeholder Workshops to Mitigate Impacts of Road Paving in the Southwestern Amazon

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Mendoza, Elsa; Perz, Stephen; Schmink, Marianne; Nepstad, Daniel
Journal: Conservation & Society
Volume: 5
Date: 2007
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3363
Sector: Urban Commons
Region: South America
Subject(s): Amazon River region
land tenure and use
Abstract: "Infrastructure projects are crucial for regional development, but they often lack participatory planning processes. As a result, they often generate negative socio-economic and biophysical impacts, threatening local livelihoods as well as environmental conservation. The Amazon is an instructive example, where new infrastructure projects may repeat the deforestation and social conflict seen around earlier road projects. This article considers the case of the Inter-Oceanic Highway, being paved through the tri-national frontier in the southwestern Amazon where Brazil, Bolivia and Peru meet. To raise local awareness and to facilitate public participation in planning to mitigate negative road impacts, we conducted multistakeholder workshops in eighteen municipalities along this road corridor. Participants identified and prioritised infrastructure, social, environmental, economic and political problems related to road paving. They also created their own land-use maps for purposes of land-use planning. Such exercises can broaden public participation in planning to mitigate the negative impacts of infrastructure projects."

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