Participatory action research applied to the management of natural areas: The case study of Cinquera in El Salvador

Doribel Herrador Valencia, Enric Mendizábal Riera, Martí Boada I Juncà

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Abstract

How can a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach promote the co-production of knowledge for the management of natural areas? This article describes the experience of over ten years of implementation of the PAR approach in the management of the Cinquera Natural Area in El Salvador, which is maintained by local communities with an organizational history and attachment to their territory that goes back to the armed conflict in El Salvador in the 1980s. The article exposes the cycle of reflection-researchaction-reflection that has been developed in Cinquera, resulting in the co-production of knowledge and its use in specific actions for the protection of the natural area and local sustainable development. We discuss the progress achieved by the community and the lessons learned by applying the PAR research approach. © 2012 Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-65
JournalJournal of Latin American Geography
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Co-production of knowledge
  • Participatory action research
  • Participatory management of natural areas
  • Sustainable use of forests

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    Valencia, D. H., Riera, E. M., & I Juncà, M. B. (2012). Participatory action research applied to the management of natural areas: The case study of Cinquera in El Salvador. Journal of Latin American Geography, 11, 45-65. https://doi.org/10.1353/lag.2012.0009