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873 - Land use management in Amazonia - socio-ecological implications in the frame of global change

16.07.2012 | 08:00 - 13:30

Convener 1: Gerold, Gerhard (Universität Göttingen, Geogr. Institut, Abt. Landschaftsökologie , Göttingen, Germany / Deutschland)
Convener 2: Coy, Martin (Universität Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria / Österreich)

The globally relevant land use frontier of Southern Amazonia is extremely dynamic .For example, Mato Grosso experienced an increase of 87% in cropland and 40% of deforestation from 2001-2004. This development is accelerating along the Cuiabá-Santarém highway and is associated with further major C losses and GHG releases. Global interest in curtailing these emissions is high as the relevance of the affected ecosystems (rainforest and cerrado) for C storage and GHG cycling is of global relevance. Regionally specified models are essential and the key target to develop viable C-optimized land management strategies mitigating GHG emissions and maintaining ecosystem services (ESS) under changing climate conditions. They are utterly needed to meet the goals set by Brazilian national plans and international treaties such as REDD and the Kyoto protocol. Furthermore Amazonia remains a “hot spot” of resource use conflicts and contradictory interests between farmers, smallholders, politicians, planning institutions and global economic players. Hence there is a urgent need to understand consequences of socio-political decision processes on the conflict of and land use change processes, i.e. particularly forest conversion, in relation to social transformation in Amazonia. The aim of the symposia is to bring together scientists from both an ecologic background and socio-economic focus for discussions to point out possibilities and scenarios for a better land use management to develop ideas for realizing global and national GHG reduction goals while possibly reducing socioeconomic conflicts.    

Keywords: Amazonia, forest conversion, land use change models, GHG-reduction, resource use conflicts

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