Project Profile: AGENTS

Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability


Principal Investigators: Eduardo Brondízio, Indiana University, United States
Partners: Krister Andersson, University of Colorado at Boulder, United States
Fábio De Castro, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Célia Regina Futemma, State University of Campinas, Brazil
Carl Salk, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Maria Tengö, Stockholm University, Sweden
Sponsors: São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Netherlands
Swedish Research Council, Sweden
National Science Foundation, United States


Full Project Title: Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability
Full Call Title: T2S2016


Project Objective: The Amazon basin is a "global keystone" region: locally, continentally and globally it hosts a wide array of environmental services, socio-cultural diversity, and economic activities. Governing these multiple dimensions amid pressing social-environmental, and climate change is one of the most pressing challenges for sustainability. While government-driven solutions are commonly viewed as the route to sustainability, most sustainable forest management in the Amazon comes from individual and collective initiatives. The proposal will contribute approaches and analytical tools to catalyze recognition of and actual contributions of existing, but often scattered "pieces of solutions" to protect and govern biodiversity and landscapes. Organized in three Working Packages (WP), the project includes stakeholder engagement, multi-temporal analysis of land change at multiple units of analysis, predictive modeling of local conservation action, prognostic modeling of potential landscape connectivity scenarios, and participatory scenario development representing the views of local stakeholders. The project will develop innovative crosscutting methodologies to assess, map, and quantify the role of non-state actors, individual and collective actions to conservation, and use these outcomes to engage with and inform local and regional decision-makers. The project responds to a decision of the Convention of Biological Diversity COP 13 requesting member countries to account for contributions of non-state actors in the conservation of biodiversity. Lessons from the Amazonian basin, therefore, will be relevant to many regions of the global south as they share similar local, national and global contexts.
Call Objective: T2S has two major objectives:

To develop understanding of and promote research on transformations to sustainability which are of significant social, economic and policy concern throughout the world and of great relevance to both academics and stakeholders;

To build capacity, overcome fragmentation and have a lasting impact on both society and the research landscape by cultivating durable research collaboration across multiple borders, disciplinary boundaries, and with practitioners and societal partners. This includes facilitating the development of new research collaborations with parts of the world which are not often involved in large-scale international research efforts, notably low- and middle-income countries.


Regions: South America
Countries: Brazil, Peru


Duration: 52 months
Call Date: July 6, 2017
Project Award Date: April 26, 2018