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The Dynamics of Co-Management and Social Capital in Protected Area Management—The Cardoso Island State Park in Brazil


  • Sessin-Dilascio, Karla
  • Prager, Katrin
  • Irvine, Katherine N.
  • de Almeida Sinisgalli, Paulo Antonio


Co-management, in combination with social capital, is expected to improve social–ecological outcomes in protected areas. This paper builds a model of how co-management and social capital are linked, and it investigates how they have changed over time. We emphasize that considering the temporal aspect is crucial for assessing co-management and social capital. The following factors were found to facilitate co-management: a Participatory Advisory Council as a negotiation arena that links with a community-based organization; rotating meeting location to encourage community involvement; a committed Park director and sufficient staff. A co-management process requires ongoing investment.

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  • Sessin-Dilascio, Karla & Prager, Katrin & Irvine, Katherine N. & de Almeida Sinisgalli, Paulo Antonio, 2015. "The Dynamics of Co-Management and Social Capital in Protected Area Management—The Cardoso Island State Park in Brazil," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 475-489.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:67:y:2015:i:c:p:475-489
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.11.004

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