Scientific publications

During the course of the project, partners published the following scientific articles on the project:

  • Sessin-Dilascio, K., Pager, K., Irvine, K.N., Sinisgalli, P.A.A., ‘The dynamics of co-management and social capital in protected area management – The Cardoso Island State Park in in Brazil’, World Development Journal, In Press.



    O projeto – the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) and their networks in community based environmental management – tem como objetivo analisar, transferir e divulgar soluções baseadas em comunidades consideradas de sucesso na gestão de serviços ecossistêmicos na América Latina. No Brasil o projeto apresenta três estudos de caso: Ilha do Bananal/Pium – TO, Parque Estadual da Ilha do Cardoso e Comunidade do Marujá – SP – e Encostas da Serra Geral – SC. Este artigo descreve as três pesquisas desenvolvidas no Parque estadual da Ilha do Cardoso, são elas: a) Co-manejo adaptativo e capital social – teoria e prática na gestão de Unidades de Conservação brasileiras; b) Identificação e valoração dos serviços ecossistêmicos através da população local e Valoração dos Serviços Ecossistêmicos – valoração pela população local e método do custo viagem; c) Abordagem Multicritério de Apoio à Decisão – O Processo Sociotécnico MACBETH.


  • Schröter, B., et al., 2014, ‘Multi-level governance through adaptive co-management: conflict resolution in a Brazilian state park’, Ecological Processes, 3:6
    Communities situated in protected areas generate conflicts among park administrators, residents and scientists. Should they stay or should they go? This article presents a positive example of a community existing in a state park. The study describes the community’s governance process as well as how the park administration and the community solve the conflicts that arise and achieve a method of co-management in a multi-level governance process.

    The analysis is based on the Management and Transition Framework (MTF). We used a case study approach and collected data via document study, participatory observation and qualitative interviews.


    We find that the agreed system of community-based co-management has improved the implementation and enforcement of the state park’s rules through negotiation and communication mechanisms in the park council. This relative success is due to the construction of social capital, equality and empowerment.


    For state parks in similar situations, the findings suggest that: 1) a community should have at least a minimal level of self-organization; 2) the empowerment of the community in the decision-making process is useful; 3) the park administration should gain the trust of the residents; and 4) the effective management of ecosystem services can create a win-win situation for the community as well as the park.


    Management of ecosystem services; Social capital; Protected areas; Communities; Latin America

    Click here to go to the page of the journal Ecological Processes.

  • Sattler, C., et al., 2013, ‘Latin America link-up’, International Innovation, issue 118
    As local communities continue to build on governmental frameworks to provide strong solutions to environmental management, Claudia Sattler, Bernardo Aguilar and Abdon Schmitt discuss their work to better serve these efforts in Latin America.
    Produced bi-annually, International Innovation Environment focuses on European based research that explores and examines current global environmental issues. As an official media associate of some European Commission programmes, International Innovation is able to cover the most important issues within the commission’s campaigns through this unique journal.

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