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Environmental Governance in Latin America

Publication year: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-137-50572-9

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The multiple purposes of nature – livelihood for communities, revenues for states, commodities for companies, and biodiversity for conservationists – have turned environmental governance in Latin America into a highly contested arena. In such a resource-rich region, unequal power relations, conflicting priorities, and trade-offs among multiple goals have led to a myriad of contrasting initiatives that are reshaping social relations and rural territories. This edited collection addresses these tensions by unpacking environmental governance as a complex process of formulating and contesting values, procedures and practices shaping the access, control and use of natural resources. Contributors from various fields address the challenges, limitations, and possibilities for a more sustainable, equal, and fair development. In this book, environmental governance is seen as an overarching concept defining the dynamic and multi-layered repertoire of society-nature interactions, where images of nature and discourses on the use of natural resources are mediated by contextual processes at multiple scales.

Subject: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science, Development Policy, Sustainable Development, Latin American Culture, Environmental Politics, Environmental Law, Policy, Ecojustice, Environmental governance, environmental conflicts, environmental justice, environmental citizenship, ecological economics, political ecology, protected areas, climate change, water, energy, mining, conservation, conflict, ecology, European Union (EU)