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Capturing the Complexity of a Common in the Middle of an Amazonian Urban Area: Integrating Theoretical Approaches and Methodologies

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dc.contributor.author Silva-Forsberg, Maria Clara
dc.contributor.author Brondizio, Eduardo
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-03T20:26:20Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-03T20:26:20Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6563
dc.description.abstract "Studies showing the overuse of resources in Common-pool Resources--CPR--along the World are crescent in the literature. Some studies have also shown successful institutional arrangement to govern them. The complexities encompassing CPRs are not trivial and the efforts to understand them are crucial. In this paper we seek to understand the CPR situations of a Native Forest Reserve in the middle of a highly populated urban area in the Amazon. This study combines and examines three sets of factors and assesses their usefulness in explaining causes of degradation in restricted-use reserves: edge effects, population pressure, and institutional failure. Given the multi-level complexity of restricted use reserves, each set of factors is assessed spatially and temporally. First, they are analyzed spatially, taking in consideration local and regional scales. Second, their historical development is followed. Third, we evaluate the relationship between these factors and the structural attributes of the forest using indicators such as species richness, biomass, and land-cover changes, over time. Our results show that the biophysical characteristics of the forest are shaped by both local and regional level processes and cannot be explained by any set of factors alone. To conclude we offer some methodological insights on the integration of different approaches to assess this and other complex CPR situations." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject complexity en_US
dc.subject urban commons en_US
dc.subject Amazon River region en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject forests en_US
dc.title Capturing the Complexity of a Common in the Middle of an Amazonian Urban Area: Integrating Theoretical Approaches and Methodologies en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector Urban Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Capturing the Complexity of the Commons, North American Regional Meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates Sep. 30-Oct. 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ en_US


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