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||Stephen Aldrich*, Indiana State University, Cynthia Simmons, University of Florida, Eugenio Arima, University of Texas-Austin, Agronomic or Contentious Land Change? A Longitudinal Analysis from the Eastern Brazilian Amazon||20||9:55 AM|
|Presenter||Oliver T. Coomes*, McGill University, Christian Abizaid, Department of Geography & Planning and School of Environment, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, Yoshito Takasaki, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Carlos Regnifo Upiachihua, Independent , Pre-Columbian Archeological Complex Discovered on the Lower Ucayali River, Peru||20||10:15 AM|
|Presenter||Alexandra Sabo*, University of Florida, Social Mobilization and the Green Governance of Hydropower in the Amazon: The case of the Santo Antonio and Jirau dams||20||10:35 AM|
|Presenter||Neha Kohli*, University of Florida, Aline Carrara, University of Florida, Indigenous rights under neoliberal regimes in India and Brazil||20||10:55 AM|
|Presenter||Breno Pietracci*, Environmental Defense Fund, Ruben Lubowski, Environmental Defense Fund, Gabriela Leslie, Environmental Defense Fund, Opportunity Cost of Avoiding Legal Deforestation in Mato Grosso, Brazil||20||11:15 AM|
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