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Environmental Policy, Social Movements and Science for the Brazilian Amazon

November 5, 2010

Panel 1

Panel 1 - Models of Development: An Assessment of the Last 20 Years of Public Policy for the Amazon Region

  • Roberto Smeraldi, Journalist, Director of Amigos da Terra - Amazônia Brasileira, São Paulo, SP
  • Foster Brown, Pesquisador do Woods Hole Research Center e do Parque Zoobotânico, Universidade do Acre, Rio Branco, AC
  • Phillip M. Fearnside, Ecólogo, Pesquisador do Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus, AM
  • Jorge Viana. Engenheiro Florestal, ex Governador do Acre, Rio Branco, AC
  • Respondent: Mary Allegretti, Antropóloga, Consultora Independente, Curitiba, PR

On November 5-6, 2009 the Center for Latin American Studies and the Program on Global Environment at The University of Chicago held an interdisciplinary conference on Environmental Policy, Social Movements, and Science for the Brazilian Amazon. The conference was designed to assess the last twenty years of regional structural projects, social movements, and science and technology in the Amazon, as well as what roles and opportunities are created for the region by science, technology, traditional knowledge and markets for environmental services, within the standards of forest preservation.

Scientists, politicians, anthropologists, economists, and leaders of non-governmental organizations gathered with University of Chicago faculty and students to address these issues.Through their presentations, and the vibrant exchanges during the discussion periods, participants analyzed the positive changes and the shortcomings in policy. Particular emphasis was directed toward the growing emphasis on market-oriented solutions to conservation and development problems, and toward exploring the challenges of articulating traditional knowledge with modern science in developing alternative strategies for education, health, and economic development.

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This conference was organized by the Center for Latin American Studies with the generous support of the Tinker Visiting Professor program, a US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant, and a grant from the Brazil Office of the Ford Foundation. Additional support is made possible by a grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation to the Project on the Global Environment and the Center for International Studies.