1st IASC Latin American Conference


November 4, 2020
8:00 AM

November 6, 2020
5:00 PM

Institute for Research in Ecosystems and Sustainability (IIES-UNAM) in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.


Abstract submission for presentations and panels


Notification of Acceptance

To be determined


Given the current situation with COVID-19, the organizing committee for our IASC Latin America Conference decided to postpone the conference. The committee will be considering alternative options for the conference, including the possibility of organizing a virtual event at the regional level. Over the next few days, the committee will be discussing a new plan and will be sharing information soon.


Aim and Scope

Latin America is a privileged region that houses an extraordinary natural wealth, which is the basis of the livelihoods, identities and source of environmental services for its inhabitants. At the global level, its forests, wetlands, arid zones and mountain ecosystems are of great importance for the conservation of biodiversity and the regulation of water and climate cycles. Access to water in this region is twice the world average, while the per capita extent of forests is 100% greater than the world average; and although it only has 11% of the world population, Latin America contains 57% of natural forests, including the Amazon, which makes up the most diverse tropical forest and the largest hydrological basin on earth.

As a legacy of a long colonial past, Latin America is one of the most unequal regions in the world. During the last two decades, inequality and environmental deterioration in the subcontinent have been considerably exacerbated, along with economic globalization in which Latin American countries participate as providers of “commodities” (eg minerals, hydrocarbons and agro- exports), based on extractive economies, giving rise to unequal access to natural resources and great environmental vulnerability for certain social sectors.

Although Latin America’s CO2 emissions are only 11% of global emissions, these emissions represent 47% of emissions caused by deforestation. During the last two decades, the expansion of agro-industrial production to respond to the demand of developed and emerging economies, in the context of booming prices for these goods, has been a central cause of the disappearance of large areas of forest.

As a result of a long history of resistance and social mobilization, Latin America is today the world region with the highest proportion of community-owned forests, often indigenous communities. For centuries, indigenous and local systems of governance and knowledge have allowed the preservation and management of territories and natural resources, as common goods. In the fields and cities of Latin America, among indigenous people, peasants, urban dwellers, scientists and artisans, there are thousands of experiences of management, use and creation of “traditional” and “new” common goods, which today must face the challenges of the growth of the Extractivism practiced by transnational corporations supported by governments, the growing presence of illegal activities and crime, the impoverishment of the middle classes, the absence of opportunities and despair of young people.

In recent years, in different Latin American countries, the progressive governments of the first years of the 21st century have been replaced by authoritarian / neoliberal governments, generating increasing discontent and violence. Today, Latin America is the region in the world with the highest number of environmental conflicts and assassinations of land and human rights defenders and indigenous activists. In this context, building pathways for sustainable, peaceful and inclusive development is more important than ever. Communities, cooperation and common, rural and urban assets undoubtedly have key roles in these future building processes.

Conference Language


Important Dates

  • Submission of abstracts for individual papers and panels: April 10 to May 31, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of proposals for panels: June 30, 2020


The commons and the future of Latin America

  1. The role of the commons and communities in building sustainability and resilience.
  2. Strategies for the defense and governance of the commons. Social movements, governance and use of common goods
  3. Common goods, public policy and sustainable development projects.
  4. Common goods, culture and values.
  5. Inequality, commons and environmental justice
  6. Impact of criminal economies on the commons
  7. Urban commons in the context of Latin America.
  8. Common goods and food sovereignty?

Types of Presentations

  • Individual presentation:
    We invite you to register abstracts of works of up to 400 words, that address the central theme of the conference or one or more of the specific thematic axes, as well as any relevant or innovative proposal related to these axes.
  • Panel: We invite you to register panel proposals that address the main theme of the conference or one or more of the specific thematic axes, or some relevant or innovative related proposal. Proposals must be submitted in abstracts of up to 300 words.

    Each panel should include 4 individual papers, and a summary of up to 400 words should be submitted for each paper. Each work will be evaluated individually, as well as its relevance in the proposed panel. Individual proposals may not be admitted or reassigned regardless of panel approval.

Note: Abstract submissions are in Spanish, and presentations during the conference will also be in Spanish.

Additional Information


  • Leticia Merino Pérez (UNAM)
  • Diego Pérez Salicrup (UNAM)

Organization Committee

  • Andrew Davis (PRIMA)
  • Bárbara Ayala Orozco (UNAM)
  • Elena Lazos (UNAM)
  • Gabriela Liechtenstein (INAPL)
  • Iliana Monterroso (CIFOR)
  • Josefina Cendejas (Universidad Michoacana)
  • María del Mar Delgado (Universidad de Córdoba)
  • Peter Croncketon (CIFOR)
  • Simone Buratti, (UNAM)
  • Yolanda Masseu Trigo(UAM)


  • Dessiree Xiqui, (UNAM)


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  • International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico(UNAM)
  • Institute of Research in Ecosystems and Sustainability (IIES)


For questions regarding this event please contact Leticia Merino, Desireé Xiqui, or Bárbara Ayala.