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Eucaliptus and Water: conflicting representations in the Paraiba River Valley, Sao Paulo, Brazil (in Portuguese).

  • 1. University of Sao Paulo,Sao Paulo, Brazil


The monoculture of trees for industrial purposes is controversial in several countries.

One of the most contentious issues is the impact on water availability. In Brazil, the

pulp and paper industry promoted the establishment and expansion of large Eucalyptus

plantations in places such as the Paraiba Valley, State of Sao Paulo. Conducted in three

municipalities of the region, Caçapava, Santa Branca and Cunha, this study analyzed how

the representation of eucalyptus and water relationship is constructed in rural territories.

To do so, ninety semi-structured interviews were conducted and analyzed based on the

theory of social representations. Results revealed that Eucalyptus plantations affecting

water availability is a prevailing understanding in the region and contrary conceptions

show knowledge diversity and transformations in the social representation of the

theme. The study indicates that local knowledge can shed light on territorial dynamics

in contexts of water scarcity and social vulnerability


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