Using causal maps to support ex-post assessment of social impacts of dams

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Title: Using causal maps to support ex-post assessment of social impacts of dams
Authors: Aledo, Antonio | García-Andreu, Hugo | Pinese, José
Research Group/s: Población, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (POMADE) | Observatorio Sociológico de la Educación (OBSOEDU)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Sociología I
Keywords: Causal maps | Participatory methodology | Governance | Paraná River | Brazil
Knowledge Area: Sociología
Issue Date: Nov-2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 2015, 55: 84-97. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2015.07.004
Abstract: This paper presents the results of an ex-post assessment of two important dams in Brazil. The study follows the principles of Social Impact Management, which offer a suitable framework for analyzing the complex social transformations triggered by hydroelectric dams. In the implementation of this approach, participative causal maps were used to identify the ex-post social impacts of the Porto Primavera and Rosana dams on the community of Porto Rico, located along the High Paraná River. We found that in the operation of dams there are intermediate causes of a political nature, stemming from decisions based on values and interests not determined by neutral, exclusively technical reasons; and this insight opens up an area of action for managing the negative impacts of dams.
Sponsor: Financial support of the Auracaria Foundation of Investment and Research in Paraná, Brazil through projects 9527/2006, 14354/2009, and 13015/2008.
ISSN: 0195-9255 (Print) | 1873-6432 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2015.07.004
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2015 Elsevier Inc.
Peer Review: si
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