Challenges of connecting international science and local level sustainability efforts: the case of the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia

Myanna Lahsen*, Carlos A. Nobre

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA) is a multi-year Brazil-led international environmental science experiment funded by the U.S. National Aeronautics Space Administration, the European Union and Brazil. It is intended to inform decision making under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as well as Brazilian national environmental decision-making related to the Amazon region. Focused on the Amazon region, and primarily on the Brazilian Amazon, the LBA is a case study in issues that can arise when doing globally oriented research in a less developed country setting and a test of assumptions that such research simultaneously benefits global and local levels. This article offers a qualitative evaluation of the extent to which the LBA has achieved its goals and identifies structural obstacles within science that must be overcome to improve the fit between international science programs and efforts to nurture more sustainable use of natural resources in a less developed country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-74
JournalEnvironmental Science and Policy
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • International science programs
  • Large-Scale Biosphere Experiment in Amazonia
  • Science-policy interface
  • Sustainability science

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