Environmental Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean (ENGOV) (completed)

ENGOV is a collaborative research project between six universities in Latin America and four in Europe that aims to analyze current environmental governance in Latin America and provide input to processes of improving it.

About the project

The project focuses on the obstacles and possibilities for sustainable production systems that can generate both economic development and a more equitable knowledge input and distribution of benefits across ethnic, socioeconomic and gender lines in order to decrease poverty, exclusion, and environmental degradation in Latin America.

For more information please see: http://www.engov.eu/en/about-engov.html


The project’s central objective is to understand how environmental governance is shaped in Latin America and to develop a new analytical framework for environmental governance in the region. In order to develop 'Latin American perspectives', the project is built up around two main aspects of environmental governance in the region:

  • the social context in which environmental governance is shaped, including historical, structural, institutional and information backgrounds; and
  • production systems and challenges to environmental justice.

ENGOV consists of nine workpackages with the following themes.

  • Historicising unequal resource distribution
  • Shifting elites and institutions in environmental governance
  • Strategic actors and responsible consumption
  • Building and exchanging knowledges on natural resources
  • Analysing poverty and sustainable development
  • Resource extraction conflicts compared
  • Local solutions towards environmental justice
  • Mitigation and adaptation to climate change
  • Crossing boundaries in environmental governance

SUM is the coordinator of the workpackage on Shifting elites and institutions in environmental governance. This is designed as a comparative case study of El Salvador, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. In addition, SUM participats on the workpackage on Mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change.


The project is funded by the European Commission for a period of three years under the 7th Framework Program.


The project is coordinated by the Centre for Latin American Study and Documentation - Universiteit van Amsterdam (CEDLA, UvA), The Netherlands. It includes the following partners:

  • CLACSO: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, Argentina;
  • ICTA-UAB: Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain;
  • IRD: Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France;
  • CDS-UnB: Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável - Universidade de Brasília, Brazil;
  • UAM-Xoc.: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Xochimilco, Mexico;
  • IDEA-USACH: Instituto de Estudios Avanzados - Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile;
  • IIGG: Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani, Argentina, and
  • UASB-SQ: Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar - Sede Quito, Ecuador.
Published Sep. 20, 2011 1:17 PM - Last modified May 3, 2017 2:06 PM