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CUETO-GARCIA, Jorge  and  BRENNER, Ludger. Governance: Surveillance and Participation in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, Veracruz. Región y sociedad [online]. 2021, vol.33, e1456.  Epub Mar 22, 2022. ISSN 2448-4849.

Objective: to analyze, using the concept of environmental governance, the Participative Environmental-Surveillance Committees Program in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, which operated from 1999 to 2015. Methodology: a systematic qualitative analysis of interviews with key stakeholders, we studied the legitimacy, environmental justice and effectiveness of this program. Results: although these governance principles were not fully observed, the program has the potential to effectively contribute to promote an inclusive governance regime, which makes it valuable from the United Nations’ view on the management of biosphere reserves. Limitations: further similar studies are needed in order to compare the outcomes of this governmental program at the national level. Value: our study serves as a reference for other reserves in which the program is implemented. Conclusions: we consider useful a new phase of implementation of this program in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve and in other protected areas.

Keywords : biosphere reserves; governance; participation; surveillance committees.

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