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Eco-certification protocols as mechanisms to foster sustainable environmental practices in telecoupled systems

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Bicudo da Silva, Ramon Felipe [1] ; Batistella, Mateus [1, 2] ; Palmieri, Roberto [3] ; Dou, Yue [4] ; Millington, James D. A. [5]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Ctr Environm Studies & Res, BR-13083867 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Brazilian Agr Res Corp, EMBRAPA, BR-13083886 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[3] Inst Manejo & Certificacao Florestal & Agr, IMAFLORA, BR-13426420 Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
[4] Michigan State Univ, Ctr Syst Integrat & Sustainabil, E Lansing, MI 48824 - USA
[5] Kings Coll London, Dept Geog, London WC2B 4BG - England
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: FOREST POLICY AND ECONOMICS; v. 105, p. 52-63, AUG 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

The international trade of forestry and agricultural commodities leads distant regions across the globe to become connected through flows of products, information and capital. To deal with the sustainability and socioeconomic challenges of these interconnections, the `telecoupling' conceptual framework has emerged. The telecoupling framework takes a coupled human-natural system approach to understand connections between different systems, classifying them as `sending', `receiving' and `spillover' systems. This paper uses the telecoupling framework to investigate how distant systems are connected through flows of eco-certified forestry products and demonstrates how these connections drive environmental law compliance at the rural property level. We identify rural properties with eucalyptus plantations in Paraiba Valley, Sao Paulo State, Brazil as a sending system, and trace the outgoing flows of cellulose pulp to receiving systems. China and the European Union are the receiving systems, having been the major importers over the last 10 years. Using a multitemporal and spatial approach, we found that between 1995 and 2005 rural properties containing eucalyptus plantations with FSC certification had higher rates of native forest cover regeneration than properties without FSC certification. Native forest conservation and regrowth in rural properties in Paraiba Valley is an effect of the telecoupled system based on the international demand of eco-certified cellulose pulp from elsewhere. Additionally, we find that the telecoupled system also results in impacts on surrounding areas in the Atlantic forest landscapes, which we identify as an adjacent spillover system. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/25892-7 - Food security and land use: the Telecoupling challenge
Grantee:Ramon Felipe Bicudo da Silva
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
FAPESP's process: 14/50628-9 - Food security and land use: the Telecoupling challenge - ABC Telecoupling
Grantee:Mateus Batistella
Support Opportunities: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 18/08200-2 - The telecoupled world: food security, commodities and its environmental and socioeconomic dimensions
Grantee:Ramon Felipe Bicudo da Silva
Support Opportunities: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor