Financial restrictions for actors in the soy and cattle beef production chains involved in the illegal deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest: May the financial field contribute to forest conservation?
Marcelo Domingos Sampaio Carneiro
Marcelo José Carrer
Martin Mundo Neto
Ulisses Denache Vieira Souza
The propoasal seeks to analyze the financials restrictions for actors in the soy and cattle beef production chains involved in illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. The pursuit of the conservation of the Amazon enabled several experiences in which environmental movements directly interfered in the dynamics of markets associated with deforestation, such as the soy, livestock and tiber sectors. More recently, another sector has become an important target for environmentalists: finance. Environmental activists began to realize the privileged position that the financial field has in the contemporary economy and its capacity to influence the practices of the so-called "productive" sectors of the economy, which are directly involved with deforestation, starting to pressure investors to restrict financing to activities linked to illegal deforestation in the Amazon. In recent months, in the context of growing national and international pressure against the growing rates of deforestation in the Amazon and the dismantling of the Brazilian environmental governance by the government of Jair Bolsonaro, signs of these initiatives have become evident. Seeking to understand these recent shifts, a predominantly qualitative research addressing theoretically constructed cases and based on the precepts of abductive analysis will be carried out. Qualitative and quantitative data from multiple sources will be gathered and analyzed based on the techniques of content analysis and social network analysis. This will contribute to understanding the most recent developments in efforts to contain deforestation in the Amazon through the accountability of large companies and to contribute to the debates of economic sociology and finance about the incorporation of environmental criticism in markets. (AU)
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