A social and ecological assessment of tropical land uses at multiple scales : the Sustainable Amazon Network

Gardner, Toby A. and Ferreira, Joice and Barlow, Jos and Lees, Alexander C. and Parry, Luke and Guimaraes Vieira, Ima Celia and Berenguer, Erika and Abramovay, Ricardo and Aleixo, Alexandre and Andretti, Christian and Aragao, Luiz E. O. C. and Araujo, Ivanei and de Avila, Williams Souza and Bardgett, Richard D. and Batistella, Mateus and Begotti, Rodrigo Anzolin and Beldini, Troy and de Blas, Driss Ezzine and Braga, Rodrigo Fagundes and Braga, Danielle de Lima and de Brito, Janaina Gomes and de Camargo, Plinio Barbosa and dos Santos, Fabiane Campos and de Oliveira, Vivian Campos and Nunes Cordeiro, Amanda Cardoso and Cardoso, Thiago Moreira and de Carvalho, Deborah Reis and Castelani, Sergio Andre and Mario Chaul, Julio Cezar and Cerri, Carlos Eduardo and Costa, Francisco de Assis and Furtado da Costa, Carla Daniele and Coudel, Emilie and Coutinho, Alexandre Camargo and Cunha, Denis and D'Antona, Alvaro and Dezincourt, Joelma and Dias-Silva, Karina and Durigan, Mariana and Dalla Mora Esquerdo, Julio Cesar and Feres, Jose and de Barros Ferraz, Silvio Frosini and de Melo Ferreira, Amanda Estefania and Fiorini, Ana Carolina and Flores da Silva, Lenise Vargas and Frazao, Fabio Soares and Garrett, Rachel and Gomes, Alessandra dos Santos and Goncalves, Karoline da Silva and Guerrero, Jose Benito and Hamada, Neusa and Hughes, Robert M. and Igliori, Danilo Carmago and Jesus, Ederson da Conceicao and Juen, Leandro and Junior, Miercio and de Oliveira Junior, Jose Max Barbosa and de Oliveira Junior, Raimundo Cosme and Souza Junior, Carlos and Kaufmann, Phil and Korasaki, Vanesca and Leal, Cecilia Gontijo and Leitao, Rafael and Lima, Natalia and Lopes Almeida, Maria de Fatima and Lourival, Reinaldo and Louzada, Julio and Mac Nally, Ralph and Marchand, Sebastien and Maues, Marcia Motta and Moreira, Fatima M. S. and Morsello, Carla and Moura, Nargila and Nessimian, Jorge and Nunes, Samia and Fonseca Oliveira, Victor Hugo and Pardini, Renata and Pereira, Heloisa Correia and Pompeu, Paulo Santos and Ribas, Carla Rodrigues and Rossetti, Felipe and Schmidt, Fernando Augusto and da Silva, Rodrigo and Viana Martins da Silva, Regina Celia and Morello Ramalho da Silva, Thiago Fonseca and Silveira, Juliana and Siqueira, Joao Victor and de Carvalho, Teotonio Soares and Solar, Ricardo R. C. and Holanda Tancredi, Nicola Saverio and Thomson, James R. and Torres, Patricia Carignano and Vaz-de-Mello, Fernando Zagury and Stulpen Veiga, Ruan Carlo and Venturieri, Adriano and Viana, Cecilia and Weinhold, Diana and Zanetti, Ronald and Zuanon, Jansen (2013) A social and ecological assessment of tropical land uses at multiple scales : the Sustainable Amazon Network. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368 (1619): 20120166. ISSN 0962-8436

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Science has a critical role to play in guiding more sustainable development trajectories. Here, we present the Sustainable Amazon Network (Rede Amazonia Sustentavel, RAS): a multidisciplinary research initiative involving more than 30 partner organizations working to assess both social and ecological dimensions of land-use sustainability in eastern Brazilian Amazonia. The research approach adopted by RAS offers three advantages for addressing land-use sustainability problems: (i) the collection of synchronized and co-located ecological and socioeconomic data across broad gradients of past and present human use; (ii) a nested sampling design to aid comparison of ecological and socioeconomic conditions associated with different land uses across local, landscape and regional scales; and (iii) a strong engagement with a wide variety of actors and non-research institutions. Here, we elaborate on these key features, and identify the ways in which RAS can help in highlighting those problems in most urgent need of attention, and in guiding improvements in land-use sustainability in Amazonia and elsewhere in the tropics. We also discuss some of the practical lessons, limitations and realities faced during the development of the RAS initiative so far.

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Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
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?? systemsmanagementdeforestationinterdisciplinary researchtrade-offstrade-offstropical forestsbrazilian amazonprogrambiodiversity conservationsustainabilityfood securityscienceland usesocial-ecological systemschallengesagricultural and biological sciences(a ??
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