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.
|Journal||Journal of Latin American Geography|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Jul 2012|
- Co-production of knowledge
- Participatory action research
- Participatory management of natural areas
- Sustainable use of forests