Expressões de conhecimento de grupos sociais locais para a gestão de recursos hídricos na bacia hidrográfica do rio Mampituba

by Bohn, Luis

Abstract (Summary)
This research starts from the need to broaden the knowledge base in the areas of pollution control and enviromental deterioration. It takes into consideration the vast world wide discussion about the limits of dealing with the environmental dimension in a participatury approach of the environmental reality. The objective is to detect the expressions of knowledge which influence the qualification and legitimation of the decision process in the field of the management of water resources, in the sphere of social groups, in the basin of the Mampituba River. Through the methodology of qualitative research, data are obtained with respect to the significances and the attitudes of the researched groups. The analysis is realized by structured categories based on the inference of attributes which qualify the social groups in the management of natural resources. The results indicate that within the researched social groups, contradictions exist in their arguments and their contemporary actions. In the analysis of the discourse and the practices, which are conditioned by the culture and by the social organization, three strong expressions are perceived: 1) of an alienation from the ecosystem caused by the modernization of agriculture , 2) of the presence of a clear stigma of distrust of government position in the environmental dimension, which could prevent implementations on the cross-scale connections and, 3) of individualism and non-cooperation in conflict and moments of defiance. However, three other expressions identify old and new elements which lead to a #movement of search# for broad sustainability. They point toward 1) a process of reformulation of the sense of the ecosystem and of the formation of transdisciplinary conscience, 2) the idea of search of consent and solidarity, and also, 3) a search of links,connections and interactions with different institutions that have influence on the environmental dimension of the administration of the water resources. It is concluded that there is a potential for a capable and legitimate behavior of the local society. Hence, the river basin management Committee represents a possibility to catalyze this ongoing movement.
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Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:José Antônio Costabeber; Sérgio Roberto Martins; Luiz Sérgio Philippi; César Augusto Pompêo

School:Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

School Location:Brazil

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:bacias hidrográficas administração processo decisório recursos hídricos mampituba rio sc rs aspectos ambientais engenharia sanitaria


Date of Publication:05/15/2008

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