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Seminar: "Where and why to conserve forest socio-ecosystems?", by Luciana Staiano

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Luciana Staiano, from the University of Buenos Aires, will be giving a seminar organised by the LASEG group. The seminar can also be followed online. (link below)

Title: “Where and why to conserve forest socio-ecosystems? A spatially explicit participatory approach in Argentina’s dry forests”

Speaker: Luciana Staiano, University of Buenos Aires

Date: Thursday, June 2nd 2022
Time: 13h
Sala Antoni Rosell (Z/022- Z/023) ICTA-UAB - online: 

The forests of Argentina’s dry Chaco are a global deforestation hotspot and the resulting social-ecological impacts demand regulatory action. In 2007, Argentina’s Congress passed the Native Forest Law with the aim of reducing and regulating deforestation. This law required the provinces to make an inventory of their native forests and, through participatory processes, characterize them according to their conservation value in three categories with different land-use options and restrictions. In this context, characterizing the conservation value of remnant forests remains a political-technical challenge. We develop and test a methodological approach to define the Forests’ Conservation Value (FCV) from a spatially explicit territorial diagnosis, based on multiple criteria and incorporating explicitly and quantitatively the valuations and opinions of stakeholders. The methodology involved workshops, the integration of various sources of information and the use of multi-criteria analysis techniques. It allowed to determine the FCV through explicit and quantitative criteria and to incorporate divergent valuations through a transparent, traceable, and replicable process. Therefore, we argue that the methodology can help improve the process of updating the conservation categories specified in the Native Forest Law, and in so doing overcome some recurrent pitfalls in the implementation of such law.

Luciana Staiano has a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, and she is a PhD student and assistant professor of Land-use Planning at the same institution. She works at the Regional Analysis and Remote Sensing Laboratory (LART) of the Institute of Physiological and Ecological Research Linked to Agriculture (IFEVA), which belongs to the Faculty of Agronomy and CONICET. Her research interests include land use change, rural land-use planning and remote sensing. Her doctoral research focuses on the land-use dynamics of Argentina’s Dry Chaco and the Río de la Plata Grasslands, two ecoregions of southern South America which show high deforestation and degradation rates, and on the development of land-use planning tools that allow both the incorporation of stakeholders and the characterization of territorial heterogeneity in space and time.

Luciana Staiano