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What is ENGOV

"Environmental Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: Developing Frameworks for Sustainable and Equitable Natural Resource Use" (ENGOV) is a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission.

ENGOV focusses on the obstacles and possibilities for sustainable production systems that can generate both economic development and a more equitable knowledge input and distribution of benefits across ethnic, socioeconomic and gender lines in order to decrease poverty, exclusion, and environmental degradation in Latin America.

The project’s central objective is to understand how environmental governance is shaped in Latin America and to develop a new analytical framework for environmental governance in the region

In order to develop "Latin American perspectives", the project is built up around two main aspects of environmental governance in the region:

1) the social context in which environmental governance is shaped, including historical, structural, institutional and information backgrounds; and
2) production systems and challenges to environmental justice

The nine main themes of the research, all directed by one of the partner institutions, are:

• Historicising unequal resource distribution
• Shifting elites and institutions in environmental governance
• Strategic actors and responsible consumption
• Building and exchanging knowledges on natural resources
• Analysing poverty and sustainable development
• Resource extraction conflicts compared
• Local solutions towards environmental justice
• Mitigation and adaptation to climate change
• Crossing boundaries in environmental governance

The ENGOV project started in March 2011 and will last four years. The project is coordinated by CEDLA and the consortium consists of the following institutions:

• CEDLA-UvA: Centre for Latin American Study and Documentation - Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• CLACSO: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, Argentina
• ICTA-UAB: Institut de Ciència y Tecnología Ambientals - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
• IRD: Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
• SUM-UiO: Centre for Development and the Environment - Universitetet i Oslo, Norway
• CDS-UnB: Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável - Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
• UAM-Xoc.: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Xochimilco, Mexico
• IDEA-USACH: Instituto de Estudios Avanzados - Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile
• IIGG: Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani, Argentina
• UASB-SQ: Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar - Sede Quito, Ecuador


Media Contact

Contact in Europe:
Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA)
Coordinator: Barbara Hogenboom
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Contact in Latin America:
Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)
Coordinator: Carolina Mera
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