Support for the 1st Meeting on The Public Use of Protected Areas

Location: São Paulo – SP, Brazil.

Partner: Meeting organization committee: Laboratório de Planejamento Ambiental e Gerenciamento Costeiro (LAPLAN) da UNESP – Campus Litoral Paulista (UNESP Coastal Environmental Planning and Management Laboratory (LAPLAN)  – São Paulo Coastal Campus), Escola de Artes Ciências e Humanidades da USP (University of São Paulo School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities), Instituto de Políticas Públicas e Relações Internacionais – IPPRI/UNESP (UNESP Public Policy and International Relations Institute) and the Postgraduate Program in Territorial Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Date: November 16 to 17, 2017

The main nature conservation strategy is the creation of protected areas. Through this mechanism, both nature and the cultural aspects related to it are fundamental elements to be taken into consideration in defining the use and occupation of these areas. In addition to protective measures, research and sustainable use, Public Use is an activity that is capable of raising the awareness of different groups in relation to the maintenance and care of conservation units. Starting from this premise and with the objective of debating the program of public usage of conservation units as an instrument for the critical and creative transformation of visitors, as well as a fundamental element in public nature conservation policy, researchers from the UNESP LAPLAN laboratory and EACH- USP organized the 1st Meeting on Public Usage in Protected Areas. The Linha D’Água Institute was a partner in this initiative, contributing towards the Diagnosis of Local Arrangements for Public Usage in Coastal and Marine Protected Areas and providing support for the organization of the event. This meeting led to the extension of this debate beyond the financial sustainability of the Conservation Units, addressing questions related to social function and relational aspects of public usage programs in general.