Perceptions of deforestation in the Argentinean Chaco: Combining Q-method and environmental justice

Zepharovich, Elena; Ceddia, M. Graziano; Rist, Stephan (2020). Perceptions of deforestation in the Argentinean Chaco: Combining Q-method and environmental justice. Ecological economics, 171, p. 106598. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106598

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The Gran Chaco, Latin America’s second largest forest after the Amazon, has one of the highest deforestation rates worldwide. In the province of Salta, Argentina, thedeforestation rate is particularly high, with substantial environmental and social impacts. The province is characterized by the presence of various actors (large-scaleproducers, small-scale farmers, indigenous peoples, governmental actors, civil society), who are differently exposed to the impacts of deforestation. To betterunderstand this unequal exposure, the paper looks at deforestation from a perspective of environmental justice. As justice is strongly dependent on the local context,we focus on capturing the perceptions of stakeholders on deforestation. We use Q-method, which combines qualitative and quantitative methods to study per-ceptions. Our results point to the existence of three significant perspectives. The first one, labelled “Development” perspective ranks distribution as the mostimportant dimension. The second one labelled “Family agriculture” perspective stresses the significance of procedural issues. The third one labelled “Subsistence”perspective elaborates mainly on matters of recognition. We conclude that, in order to slow down deforestation, it would be essential to create conditions wheremarginalized actors are given priority, to facilitate their participation and grant their rights with respect to land use.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Critical Sustainability Studies (CSS)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Zepharovich, Elena; Ceddia, Michele Graziano and Rist, Stephan

ISSN:

0921-8009

Publisher:

Elsevier

Projects:

[1088] Indigenous Communities, Lans USe and Tropical Deforestation
[805] Sustainability Governance

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

01 Apr 2020 11:20

Last Modified:

05 Apr 2020 02:48

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106598

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.140670

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/140670

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