During the pre-phase of PRODIGY until May 2018, two case studies will be prepared and initiated:
The case study in Acre/Brazil, in co-operation with the Brazilian research institute, EMBRAPA and the Secretary of Public Security, SESP-Acre intends to follow up local impacts of the implementation policies related to the operationalization of Brazilian commitments due to international co-operations to reduce deforestation, and to memberships e.g. in the Climate Convention, the CBD and the WTO. The National Climate Plan and regionally induced risk management led to the Acrean climate initiatives which, together with implementation policies regarding the CBD will be observed as frame conditions for globally induced transformations.
WTO-membership leads to a field of more subtle interference: e.g., the impacts of the ISO-norms on hygiene on the local production of manioc-flower which constitutes the basis of any local diet. Manioc flower production in Cruzeiro do Sul has been famous in the whole state and guaranteed wellbeing to the small town until market access became increasingly limited by ISO-norms that contrasted with traditional production styles of the product. Local impacts of the described national and regional public policies will be related to the local impacts of the global demand for soy and the respective national policies to foster agribusiness. Within the specifities of locally driven processes caused by obvious policy contradictions, we aim at identifying an overarching principle of restructuring rural spaces in the Amazon.
The research question of this case study is: In how far collateral damage of global governance weakens social cohesion? Which counter-measures would be necessary?
The MAP-region is a central arena of organized cross-border crime. In co-operation with the Acrean Security Secretary we will map criminal networks in order to estimate their impact on land use decisions on all scales. The following elements will be considered and analysed: