Title: The concept of sustainability and regional development integration on the northeast coast of Brazil: the case of Pecém Beach-Ceará

Authors: Selma Maria Peixoto Alcântara; Flávia Regina Fróes Avelino

Addresses: UNINASSAU College, 190, Contôrno Norte Avenue, Timbo, Maracanaú, CE 61936-000, Brazil ' Ceará International Transport (CTI), 2800, Desembargador Moreira Avenue, 6th Floor, Dionísio Torres, 60170-172, Brazil

Abstract: The Pecem industrial and port complex (CIPP) was established in order to support the economic development in the state of Ceará, in northeastern Brazil. This study highlights the challenges before and after the installation of the CIPP, while considering the sustainability discourse linked to local development. State, community and private institutions are involved as stakeholders. The research addresses the following questions: Did the regional development plan in Pecém consider how CIPP could influence the sustainability of the community? How does the regional development deal with the discussion about economic growth and sustainable development? The fieldwork was based on local daily observation and semi-structured interviews. The results show that many residents know the word 'sustainability' but the targeting actions are still not part of their daily lives. Population growth in this area was not accompanied by a policy promoting and stimulating sustainable growth from the start.

Keywords: regional development; environmental transition; sustainability; Brazil.

DOI: 10.1504/IJETM.2018.10022301

International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 2018 Vol.21 No.5/6, pp.407 - 420

Received: 20 Aug 2018
Accepted: 09 Jan 2019

Published online: 04 Jul 2019 *

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