One important starting point for the integration of results is our common understanding of the role of tipping points in each participating discipline. As for social sciences, we need to observe the necessary elements at a given locality to guarantee social cohesion, cultural identity and eco-economic resilience in times of fast social transformations. Sometimes good institutions and governance are essential to compensate emerging gaps during transformation processes; sometimes nature provides the necessary extra income to survive transformation. In the case of the MAP-region transformation management could be provided by the intelligent and well informed interplay between learning institutions and an actively involved group of stakeholders striving for future oriented access to land and natural resources. PRODIGY’s role in that process would be to take up emerging questions, integrate them to our research agenda and contribute with the knowledge needed to achieve well informed decisions.
The heart and starting point of our project will be biodiversity related processes that may occur far away from conventional research-designs and scales to be regulated by policy instruments. Taking this into account, our inter- and transdisciplinary research consortium employs a multivariate and multi-scale approach. We want to explore how public policies and land-management strategies can operationalize the use of biodiversity as a valuable asset for ensuring human livelihood and maintaining socio- ecological system resilience in the face of climate change and economic shocks. At the triple frontier of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia, we presume good conditions for testing our approach in both natural and institutional systems. Our main objectives will be to (1) evaluate, compile, and analyse the data in order to identify knowledge gaps along with the best possible research regions to address our research questions , (2) to identify stakeholder groups and institutional co-operations in all three countries and ensure their co-operation by including them into the formulation and elaboration of common research interests for our joint research concept, and (3) develop a sampling- and data-handling design tailored to the requirements of a state-of-the art multivariate modelling- approach which mediates the extended obstacles imposed by the high levels of biophysical, cultural and societal diversity.
One important task of WP 4 will be the stakeholder analysis and the provision of interested and available stakeholder groups at the triple frontier of the MAP-region. Since from experience, especially the interested stakeholders are very busy we strive for close co-operation with existing stakeholder networks (e.g. Mini-MAP, EMBRAPA co-operations etc.).
Together with the integration of suitable research partners in all three countries, the early and reliable involvement of stakeholder groups will be the backbone for a dynamic and applicable project design and the development of our storylines as basis for the scenarios looking into the future of the MAP-region.
In March 2017 the formation of a working group on GT-Ordenamento Territorial na região MAP was discussed between EMBRAPA and FU Berlin.
The working group will try to identify the open questions in the region and support the communication with PRODIGY providing the necessary translation of questions and results.
Together with UFAC we will aim at establishing a course to qualify public servants on a municipal level. Also, we plan to elaborate and implement a colloquium on integrated land governance at Free University Berlin/LAI and UFAC for master students of all involved countries. Additionally, we will try to convince the Fundo Amazônas to open a fund for pilot projects in those Municípios of the triple frontier where PRODIGY is active. Our first common activity will be the mapping of the institutional landscape of the MAP-region.