Ten years of contested enforcement of the Forest Law in Salta, Argentina. The role of land-change science and political ecology
SALAS BARBOZA, A. G. J.; CARDÓN POCOVÍ, J. M.; VENENCIA, C.; HUARANCA, L. L.; AGÜERO, J. L.; IRIBARNEGARAY, M. A.; ESCOSTEGUY, M.; VOLANTE, J. N.; SEGHEZZO, L.
Journal of Land Use Science
Taylor & Francis
Lugar: Milton Park; Año: 2020 vol. 15 p. 1 - 14
In this study, we present a critical account of the enforcement of the Forest Law in the Province of Salta, Argentina. We discuss whether the objectives of this law were accomplished and we analyze the role that some technical tools, coupled with specific theoretical approaches, could play in its future enforcement. We illustrate our analysis with data from a case study in the Chaco region of this Province. We identified, mapped and analyzed land claims by indigenous communities and small-scale agricultural producers, and large-scale land acquisitions, and we discuss how these two variables could be used to improve the technical accuracy and the social legitimacy of the zoning map required by the Forest Law. We conclude that a balanced combination of land-change science methods and political ecology can be useful to improve the fairness of decision-making processes and the sustainability of social-environmental governance in agricultural frontiers.