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Coastal biodiversity and public policies: methodologies and actions to integrate stakeholders

Grant number: 17/50220-8
Support type:Research Grants - Research in Public Policies
Duration: March 01, 2018 - September 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Ronaldo Adriano Christofoletti
Grantee:Ronaldo Adriano Christofoletti
Home Institution: Instituto de Saúde e Sociedade (ISS). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Baixada Santista. Santos , SP, Brazil
Partner institutions: Prefeitura Municipal de Santos
Associated scholarship(s):19/04746-3 - Coastal biodiversity and public policies: methodologies and actions to integrate stakeholders, BP.TT
18/16792-7 - Coastal biodiversity and public policies: methodologies and actions to integrate stakeholders, BP.TT
18/08415-9 - Coastal biodiversity and public policies: methodologies and actions to integrate stakeholders, BP.TT

Abstract

This proposal addresses interdisciplinary questions to integrate researchers, decision makers and local communities to develop a program for Innovative Public Policies with social relevance for coastal biodiversity conservation. Our main goal is to develop knowledge and skills and support the production of participative public policies built on the visions of a range of different stakeholders. We will use the coastal biodiversity of mangroves, rocky shores and sandy beaches from the Santos and Guarujá region as a model system. The coastal region is an important model area for innovative social public policies in conservation, due its socio-economic and cultural importance within a mosaic of human impacts. We will develop a diagnostic approach to evaluate coastal biodiversity and relevant public policies together with socio-ecological-environmental assessments to evaluate the environmental perception of stakeholders. Based on this, we will develop a citizen science program for coastal biodiversity monitoring to strength stakeholders links to the environment. Finally, to achieve our main goal, we will integrate such actions and knowledge with decision makers to develop an integrative program among stakeholders for productions of new public policies with social and ecological importance. Using an active methodology, we aim to stimulate stakeholders to share their knowledge and identify advances and challenges in the transfer of knowledge and expectations. We also aim to develop their skills and competencies in leadership, planning and ability to work in groups to stimulate the establishment of an innovative social program of public policies that can be expanded for other regions and issues to allow a medium to long term return. This is an opportunity for interdisciplinary capacity development that will benefit human well-being for the next generations, providing best solutions and practices for management and conservation of marine biodiversity and ecosystem services. (AU)