Graham Sustainability Institute

Understanding the Impacts of Institutional Arrangements on Amazonian Forest Resource Use

U-M Investigators

Arun Agrawal – School for Environemnt and Sustainability


Peter Newton – University of Colorado
Patricia Pinho – University of Sao Paulo

Project Summary

The Brazilian government has designated multiple-use reserves and indigenous territories throughout its Amazon rainforest region. In these reserves and territories, populations of forest-dependent people extract resources for both subsistence and income-generating livelihood activities. Researchers from the University of Michigan (U-M) and the University of Sao Paulo (USP) formed a collaboration to study the characteristics and outcomes of institutional arrangements among indigenous and traditional forest people in the Brazilian Amazon. The research team participated in collaborative exchanges, conducted site visits, and formed collaborative partnerships with relevant actors in Brazil. The next phase of this collaborative research effort centers on evaluating how indigenous groups manage forests in their territories to sustain livelihoods, reduce climate change-related emissions, and conserve forests and biodiversity. 

This project received a $48,020 UM-Brazil Sustainability Cooperation Grant in 2015.