Considering the importance of beach ecosystem, the benefits it provides and the current centrality of this issue in coastal management discussions, this research has the objective of (1) analyzing the trends of beach management in Brazil, considering its convergence/divergence with international practices and searching for elements to lead this management to the promotion of socio-ecological resilience, and (2) discuss, in collaboration with beach managers from the Macrometropolis Paulista, alternatives and best practices to management. The research is organized in four phases: the establishment of a theoretical-conceptual framework, based on a literature review of beach management processes/frameworks and their relation to socio-ecological resilience theory (Phase 1), the characterization of the Brazilian beach management scenario, by analyzing the existing political-institutional infrastructure and values (personal, professional and epistemological) related to management practices (Phase 2); the critical analysis of the national scenario in relation to the theoretical-conceptual framework (Phase 3); and the discussion with beach managers considering the findings of the previous phases (Phase 4). This project is based on new scientific paradigms that propose a greater democratization of science and its insertion in decision-making processes. It aims both to produce quality scientific information and serve society, promoting the means to apply its findings to management processes in a practical way, making them available to potential users. As a scientific advance, in addition to the review on practices and theories of beach management, it innovate by integrating the principles of socio-ecological resilience and the characterization of the management scenario for a young democracy, indicating its strengths and weaknesses. Besides, it contributes to a broader discussion of environmental management in the Macrometropolis Paulista, as part of the thematic project "Environmental Governance of the Macrometropolis Paulista in face of climatic variability". As advance in the application of knowledge, it proposes the translation of scientific findings to managers, in order to guide measures and actions for the improvement of beach management in search of socio-ecological resilience.
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