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Research and Scholarship on Natural Commons in Brazil

From: Journal of Latin American Geography
Volume 12, Number 1, 2013
pp. 135-156 | 10.1353/lag.2013.0008



This paper investigates the state of research on and training in common-pool natural resource management, or simply natural commons, in Brazil. Open-ended questionnaires were used to interview scholars in order to identify the challenges, gaps and accomplishments around this theme. Additionally a literature review of documents in Portuguese that focus on common-pool natural resources was carried out, particularly those related to biodiversity. We conclude by offering some directions to overcome challenges and advance research, teaching and academic outreach work towards sustainable common-pool resource management as well as to strengthen commons theory.


Este artigo investiga o estado da arte da pesquisa e ensino sobre recursos naturais de uso comum no Brasil. Enviamos questionários a diversos pesquisadores para identificar os desafios, as lacunas e as conquistas relacionadas ao tema. Realizamos também uma revisão da literatura em português, com foco nos recursos naturais de uso comum, particularmente relacionados a biodiversidade. Concluimos com sugestões para transpor estes desafios e avançar com a pesquisa, o ensino e a extensão para a gestão sustentável dos recursos comuns e para o avanço da teoria dos comuns.

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