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Step by step: a participatory action-research framework to improve social participation in coastal systems

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Natalia de Miranda Grilli [1] ; Mariana Martins de Andrade [2] ; Luciana Yokoyama Xavier [3] ; Cláudia Regina Santos [4] ; Fernanda Terra Stori [5] ; Cauê Dias Carrilho [6] ; Felipe Otavio Nunes [7] ; Caiuá Mani Peres [8] ; Melissa Vivacqua [9] ; Thiago Zagonel Serafini [10] ; Paulo Antonio de Almeida Sinisgalli [11] ; Cristiana Simão Seixas [12] ; Pedro Roberto Jacobi [13] ; Alexander Turra [14]
Total Authors: 14
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[1] São Paulo University. Oceanographic Institute - Brasil
[2] São Paulo University. Oceanographic Institute - Brasil
[3] São Paulo University. Oceanographic Institute - Brasil
[4] São Paulo University. Oceanographic Institute - Brasil
[5] São Paulo University. Oceanographic Institute - Brasil
[6] São Paulo University. Institute of Energy and Environment - Brasil
[7] São Paulo University. School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities - Brasil
[8] São Paulo University. Oceanographic Institute - Brasil
[9] São Paulo Federal University. Institute of the Sea - Brasil
[10] Paraná Federal University. Center for Marine Studies - Brasil
[11] São Paulo University. School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities - Brasil
[12] Campinas State University. Center of Environmental Research and Studies - Brasil
[13] São Paulo University. Institute of Energy and Environment - Brasil
[14] São Paulo University. Oceanographic Institute - Brasil
Total Affiliations: 14
Document type: Journal article
Source: Ambiente & Sociedade; v. 24, 2021-04-12.
Abstract

Abstract Social participation enriches decision-making and is considered a civil right in many democratic countries, despite remaining a challenge. This paper presents evidence and discusses the evolution of social participation in the Araçá Bay (Southeastern Brazil), as a result of participatory action-research. Over three years, a process of social mobilization and participatory environmental assessment and planning engaged local stakeholders and resulted in a sustainable development plan. Enhanced social participation was evidenced by: (1) building trust among participants; (2) increasing knowledge of social-ecological features of Araçá Bay; (3) acknowledging different perspectives and interests about the bay; and (4) improving the understanding of management dynamics and institutions. The process led to the emergence of a local stewarded group that has the potential to foster the implementation of the sustainable development plan. (AU)