Interdisciplinary diagnosis and scenario analysis for the implementation of a coastal protected area, Laguna de Rocha Uruguay

Publicado en In book: Ecological Dimensions for Sustainable Socio Economic Development (pp.389-411)

Rodríguez-Gallego, L., Santos, C., Amado, S., Gorfinkiel, D., González, M.N., Gómez, J., Neme, C., Tommasino, H. and Conde, D.

Año de publicación 2015
DOI 10.2495/978-1-84564-756-8/022
  • Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.
  • Comisión Central de Extensión, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.
  • Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.
  • Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.
  • ONG Vida Silvestre, Uruguay.




Proyecto CRN3070


Management of protected areas is a complex task due to ecosystems&rsquo inherent variability and the conflicting interests of land users. Interdisciplinary approaches are therefore needed to evaluate the feasibility of implementation. We ana-lyzed the environmental and socioeconomic situation of the Laguna de Rocha(Uruguay) protected area and its catchment area to contribute to its induction into the National System of Protected Areas of Uruguay. We mapped the high prior-ity conservation ecosystems, evaluated land use changes, analyzed perceptions, power, and the affinity of social actors toward the protected area implementation, and determined the total economic value of goods and services of the watershed. We analyzed land use tensions and scenarios of economic and climate change. We found that priority conservation ecosystems were well represented within the protected area. The main land use changes were increases in afforestation, over-sowing, and artificial pasture. The effective and participatory implementation of Laguna de Rocha protected area will prevent further loss of ecosystem services upon which the community depends.