Where is the Innovation in the Brazilian Atlantic forest restoration initiatives? A preliminary study

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Joyce Helena Sanches, Aurelio Padovezi

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In recent years, countries have engaged in large-scale international forest restoration agreements, aiming to improve the connectivity between ecosystems, landscapes and people. However, to meet these goals, it is necessary to overcome existing barriers, connect different stakeholders and promote an ecosystem that favors the emergence of innovations and the search for multifaceted solutions in forest restoration initiatives. The main objective of our research was to understand the role of innovation in restoration initiatives in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, and as specific objectives to understand the types of innovation and which drivers constituted the institutional ecosystems where the innovations occurred and the relationship between them. We found 66 innovations, most of them (61%) were catalogued as product and organizational innovations. Those were distributed in only 9 Brazilian states, concentrated in São Paulo and Paraná (50%). São Paulo state presented the best innovative ecosystem and a higher number of innovations, that is, a good interaction between analyzed drivers (GDP, presence of research institutes, higher research investments, better environment legislation, higher number of forest nursery, land requiring restoration). We found that those factors are crucial to favorable an institutional environment to the innovation on restoration. We also found that the institutional ecosystem’s maintenance depends and is transformed by the innovations it produces. To maintain the positive feedback of this virtuous cycle, it is essential to connect the interested parties and create strategic alliances that seek collective solutions.

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Conference Presentation, SER2021

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