Date: Friday, 16 February 2024, at 12:15 pm
Venue: Room Bruguier Pacini, DEM
Speaker and Title:
Elis Regina Monte Feitosa (Ph.D. student in PPGA-FEA/USP, São Paulo-SP, Brazil)
Polycentric governance and collective action in socio-biodiversity value chains in the Amazon
There are complex social dilemmas involved in the governance of common property resources. In this sense, a series of theories have been developed to explain these dilemmas and propose solutions. For this analysis, we used the theory of polycentric governance with the objective of understanding how collective action are articulated in value chains of socio-biodiversity products in the Amazon.
We use a qualitative approach, through in-depth interviews with the main actors in the chain, focusing on the case of Arapaima gigas sustainable management in the state of Amazonas. We have verified that this process emerges from self-organized groups within communities, which come together to manage the resource and ensure its reproduction continuity. Rules are defined by the members of the collective action, based on a relationship of trust and cooperation among members. Management stages involve a combination of technology and traditional knowledge. Several organizations are involved in institutional multilayers to create horizontal governance arrangements that act on Arapaima gigas value chain. This management strategy has been generating positive results, improving aspects related to supply, prices, commercialization, producers’ income, and improvement of human well-being in these communities.