Collaborative Management of Complex Social-Ecological Systems in the Brazilian Amazon, Summer 2010
The University of Florida Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative (ACLI) works to build capacity for science and conservation in the Andes-Amazon region. The program, coordinated by Dr. Robert Buschbacher and administered by the Center for Latin American Studies/TCD and by the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, has complementary goals of training individuals at UF and building in-country capacity. It is supported by a generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
In July of 2010, as part of the region wide component of the ACLI Program, an interdisciplinary group of UF researchers and students, Brazilian University professors, NGO practitioners, and state and local government officers initiated a two-year Graduate Course in "Collaborative Management of Complex Social-Ecological Systems in the Brazilian Amazon" accredited by the Brazilian Ministry of Education.
The course, held in Mato Grosso State in the southern Amazon, involved training, research and experiential learning directed to face the challenge of reconciling conservation and development through the collaborative management of natural resources involving an array of disciplinary fields, stakeholders, and institutional arrangements. This is part of an innovative experience we have been developing in applying theories and methods from complex socio-ecological systems, social learning and research-action to collaborative management of socio-ecological systems in the Amazon.
A first training course was held in Alta Floresta in 2009, which triggered the development of a two-year graduate course integrated with research projects in partnership with the Brazilian University UNEMAT (Universidade do Estado do Mato Grosso), Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV, a Brazilian NGO), SEMA-MT (Mato Grosso State Environmental Agency) and the Municipality of CotriguaÃ§u-MT. The participants in the course, which included three UF students, represented a diverse institutional background, areas of expertise and professional experience in the Amazon region. The course was coordinated by Dr. Robert Buschbacher (UF), Dr. Rosane Seluchinesk (UNEMAT/Brazil), Dr. Simone Athayde (UF), Dr. Wendy-Lin Bartels (UF) and Dr. Renato Farias (ICV/Brazil).
For more information check the ACLI Program web page or contact Robert Buschbacher or Simone Athayde (Post-doc Associate Researcher).