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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1573;

Participatory Sustainability Assessment for Sugarcane Expansion in Goiás, Brazil

Embrapa Solos, Rua Jardim Botânico 1024, Rio de Janeiro-RJ 22460-000, Brazil
Laboratory of Geomorphology, Pedology and Physical Geography—LABOGEF, IESA, UFG, Campus Samambaia, Goiânia, GO 74.690-900, Brazil
Education Faculty of UFG—Program of Pos Graduation in Education (PPGE). Rua 235, s/n-Setor Universitário, Goiânia, GO 74.605-050, Brazil
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Received: 26 June 2017 / Revised: 25 August 2017 / Accepted: 28 August 2017 / Published: 5 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change)
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The sugarcane expansion in Brazil from 1990 to 2015 increased crop area by 135.1%, which represents more than 10 million hectares. Brazilian ethanol production hit a record high in 2015, reaching 30 billion liters, up 6% compared to 2014. In 2009, the Sugarcane Agroecology—ZAE-CANA—was launched to be a guideline to sustainable sugarcane production in Brazil. However, although it aims at sustainable production, it only considered natural aspects of the country, such as soil and climate. It is still necessary to develop instruments for studies on sustainability in all pillars. The aim of this study is to present the results regarding the application of the FoPIA (Framework for Participatory Impact Assessment) methodology in the Southwestern Goiás Planning Region (SGPR). FoPIA is a participatory methodology designed to assess the impacts of land use policies in regional sustainability, and the results showed the capacity of FoPIA to assess the impacts of land use change of the sugarcane expansion in that area. The major advantage of FoPIA is its participatory method feature, as it is possible to join stakeholders to debate and define sustainability guidelines. View Full-Text
Keywords: sugar cane expansion; sustainability assessment; FoPIA methodology sugar cane expansion; sustainability assessment; FoPIA methodology

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Costa Coutinho, H.L.; Dias Turetta, A.P.; Guimarães Monteiro, J.M.; Simões de Castro, S.; Pietrafesa, J.P. Participatory Sustainability Assessment for Sugarcane Expansion in Goiás, Brazil. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1573.

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