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Socio-spatial changes in the Brazilian Amazon: a case study on territories of the of riverside communities affected by the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Plant on the Xingu River

Grant number: 15/08842-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2015
Effective date (End): March 09, 2019
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal researcher:Emilio Federico Moran
Grantee:Maíra Borges Fainguelernt
Home Institution: Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas Ambientais (NEPAM). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/21296-6 - Territorialities and livelihoods on the Fringe of development: an investigation on riverine peoples of "terra do meio" and the impacts of Belo Monte dam in the State of Pará, Brazilian Amazon, BE.EP.DR   15/26744-1 - Territoriality and livelihoods on the Xingu: a study of the riverine population affected by the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, BE.EP.DR


This research project intends to investigate the social and environmental impacts generated by large infrastructure projects in the Brazilian Amazon region. The main proposal is to analyze, in particular, changes in the planning of riverside communities territories affected by the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte on the Xingu river, Pará. The implementation of Belo Monte shares hegemonic historical perspective on development, which implies energy policies guided by territorial disputes processes that impact traditional rights. However, this condition does not scale appropriately the social and environmental impacts that the installation of large hydroelectric plants can have on the life of traditional populations. The research is directed to discuss the socio-spatial changes arising from the ownership of the impacted marginal communities by the project in order to give visibility to adaptation strategies and strength of these communities. For this, we intend to maintain a geographic focus, without losing the interdisciplinary able to enrich a deeper analysis of the appropriation so the territories involved, the impact on the livelihoods of riverside communities as about the development model limits and standard public policies being implemented in the Amazon. This project aims to contribute directly to the research coordinated by Prof.ºDr.º Emilio Moran , "Social and Environmental Processes associated with the Construction of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam in Brazilian Amazon". (AU)