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||Eugenio Arima*, The University of Texas at Austin, 50 Years of Change in Amazonia – A Land System Science Perspective||20||8:00 AM|
|Presenter||David Salisbury*, University Of Richmond, Transboundary Mapping in the Southwestern Amazon Borderlands||20||8:20 AM|
|Presenter||Amy Rosenthal*, The Field Museum, Chinese Engagement in Infrastructure Development in the Amazon: Recommendations for Better Environmental Outcomes||20||8:40 AM|
|Presenter||Diego Melo*, University of Colorado At Boulder, Rights of Nature in Colombia: between Extractivism and Geo-ontology||20||9:00 AM|
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