This case-study explores the contemporary challenge of producing food in tropical forest landscapes. The socio-environmental system is the cattle sector in Brazil, which is associated with high levels of deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. The case-study focuses on the governance of the Brazilian cattle sector, and particularly on a recent (2009) multi-stakeholder agreement that aims to enhance the environmental sustainability of beef production.
The case-study draws on disciplines as broad as ecology, economics, geography, and politics. It provides opportunities for students to engage with a set of real-world sustainability issues in a socio-environmental system of considerable global importance. Included in the case-study are activities that aim to develop students’ knowledge and their analytical skills. For the Answer Key to this case, please contact the case authors.
- Understand the structure and behavior of socio-environmental systems
- Consider the importance of scale and context in addressing socio-environmental problems
- Co-develop research questions and conceptual models in inter- or trans-disciplinary teams
- Find, analyze, and synthesize existing data, concepts, or methods