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Revista Pan-Amazônica de Saúde

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SILVA, Rodrigo Amaro da Fonseca e; VEIGA, Ruan Carlo Stülpen; LOBAO, Adriana Quintella  e  KELECOM, Alphonse. Methodology of participatory socio-environmental assessment, integrating academic and popular knowledge for a sustainable planning for Iripixi lake, Oriximiná, Pará State, Brazil. Rev Pan-Amaz Saude [online]. 2014, vol.5, n.3, pp.25-38. ISSN 2176-6223.

The Amazon undergoes a complex process of environmental degradation. In order to reverse this situation, efficient planning of actions based on the peculiarities of each locality is required. This study used a methodology of participatory socio-environmental assessment, appropriate to the reality of Iripixi lake in Oriximiná, Pará State, Brazil, aiming to integrate the academic and the local communities knowledge, also mediating its relationship with the public authorities. It was necessary to understand the local characteristics and the occupation process of the region and its main problems. Field observations, interviews, bibliographical review and analysis of satellite images from different periods were conducted. It was observed that the occupation of Iripixi lake has been intensified in recent decades and that the region is experiencing accelerated deforestation and degradation, decreasing in fish abundance, soil and water pollution, besides the growth of violence in that place. Other problems are directly linked to the lack of government assistance in the area, such as the precariousness of health, education, water supply, sanitary sewage, garbage collection, recreation and energy supply services. Actions are necessary in order to provide a better life quality and the appreciation of traditional activities with the area biodiversity conservation. The methodology that was developed achieved its objectives, it has been an important tool to construct and organize knowledge about that region, and it may be useful in citizenship legitimation and dialogue between social actors. This methodology can be easily adapted to other realities.

Palavras-chave : Participative Planning; Sustainable Development; Environmental Impact; Biodiversity Conservation; Quality of Life.

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