Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Environment and Society in Contemporary Latin America

    1. Fábio de Castro, Barbara Hogenboom, Michiel Baud
      Pages 1-25 Open Access
  3. Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Joan Martinez-Alier, Michiel Baud, Héctor Sejenovich
      Pages 29-57 Open Access
    3. Joan Martinez-Alier, Mariana Walter
      Pages 58-85 Open Access
    4. Mina Kleiche-Dray, Roland Waast
      Pages 86-110 Open Access
  4. New Politics of Natural Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Benedicte Bull, Mariel Aguilar-Støen
      Pages 137-163 Open Access
    3. Cristián Parker, Gloria Baigorrotegui, Fernando Estenssoro
      Pages 164-185 Open Access
    4. Héctor Sejenovich
      Pages 186-202 Open Access
  5. New Projects of Environmental Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Mariel Aguilar-Støen, Fabiano Toni, Cecilie Hirsch
      Pages 205-233 Open Access
    3. Leticia Merino
      Pages 234-256 Open Access
    4. David Barkin, Blanca Lemus
      Pages 257-286 Open Access
    5. Mariana Walter, Leire Urkidi
      Pages 287-325 Open Access
  6. Afterword: From Sustainable Development to Environmental Governance

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 336-338

About this book


This book is open access under a CC-BY license.

The multiple purposes of nature – livelihood for communities, revenues for states, commodities for companies, and biodiversity for conservationists – have turned environmental governance in Latin America into a highly contested arena. In such a resource-rich region, unequal power relations, conflicting priorities, and trade-offs among multiple goals have led to a myriad of contrasting initiatives that are reshaping social relations and rural territories. This edited collection addresses these tensions by unpacking environmental governance as a complex process of formulating and contesting values, procedures and practices shaping the access, control and use of natural resources. Contributors from various fields address the challenges, limitations, and possibilities for a more sustainable, equal, and fair development. In this book, environmental governance is seen as an overarching concept defining the dynamic and multi-layered repertoire of society-nature interactions, where images of nature and discourses on the use of natural resources are mediated by contextual processes at multiple scales.


Environmental governance environmental politics environmental policies environmental conflicts environmental justice environmental citizenship ecological economics political ecology sustainable development protected areas climate change Latin America water energy mining conservation conflict ecology environment European Union (EU) governance government Institution politics society work

Editors and affiliations

  • Fábio de Castro
    • 1
  • Barbara Hogenboom
    • 1
  • Michiel Baud
    • 2
  1. 1.CEDLAUvAThe Netherlands
  2. 2.UvAThe Netherlands

About the editors

Fabio de Castro is Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies and Brazilian Studies at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research interests include local governance of natural resources, protected areas, agrarian transformations, and biofuel expansion in Latin America.

Barbara Hogenboom is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at CEDLA. Her research interests include Latin American policies and politics of mineral extraction and natural resource use, and the influence of China's rise on the region.

Michiel Baud is Director of CEDLA. His research interests includes indigenista ideologies and their influence on present-day academic interpretations of the Andes, the role of ethnic movements in Latin American politics, the construction of collective memories in present-day Latin America and the relationship between ethnic relations and environmental ideas in 19th and 20th century Latin America.

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