Co-organizers: Jennifer Langill, David Salisbury, Christian Abizaid, Michael Waylen, Gabriel Carrero, and Cynthia Simmons
The Amazon continues to be at the center of global disputes over deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change mitigation, indigenous sovereignty and identity, land rights, resource extraction, infrastructure expansion, and urbanization. Since the mid-20th century, the Amazonian countries have implemented a variety of policy and infrastructure initiatives meant to tap the region’s resources and open it to human settlement. Consequently, a large fraction of the forest has converted to agricultural use while populations have grown to more than 20,000,000 people. These developments have transformed the region’s environment and put the heritage of its traditional peoples at risk. Despite global concerns for maintaining Amazonia’s ecological and cultural integrity, a new infrastructure program joined by all the South American nations has initiated a complex transformation of the region that will turn it into a transportation hub, a continental source of hydropower, and a preferred location for industrial manufacturing. Climate change will further intensify the resulting environmental changes. In sum, Amazonia is a dynamic region undergoing dramatic anthropogenic change. What will happen to its remaining ecosystems and traditional peoples? What will happen to the colonists who came to establish frontier livelihoods? The purpose of these sessions is multiple. First, we wish to understand the emerging geographies of a dynamic Amazonia. Second, we seek to discuss Amazonia while placing it within a globalized world system. We argue that scholarship must make efforts to fully reflect the region’s dynamics and to situate them within global processes and networks.
|Presenter||Cynthia Simmons*, University of Florida, Discipline and Develop: Destruction of the Brazil Nut Forest in the Lower Amazon Basin||20||9:55 AM|
|Presenter||Christian Abizaid*, University of Toronto, Jennifer Langill, McGill University, Floodplain dynamics, changing socioeconomic conditions and livelihoods in the Peruvian Amazon: a multi-year study in a floodplain community along the Ucayali River||20||10:15 AM|
|Presenter||Roberta Mendonca De Carvalho*, University of Florida, Claudio Fabian Szlafsztein , Federal University of Pará, Changing Amazon - Urbanization within the Forest||20||10:35 AM|
|Presenter||Michael Waylen*, University of Florida, Local Politics and Global Food Systems: The Political Ecology of North Florida's Water Resources||20||10:55 AM|
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