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May 2017: Amazon indigenous leaders discuss culture & the environment (Stanford)

By on May 11, 2017 in Events

Join us on May 24 from 6-8:30 pm for a Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) event held at the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University. Six indigenous leaders from the Tiriyo, Xavante, Makushi, Shuar and Kaxinawa Peoples of the Amazon region of Brazil, Guyana and Ecuador will discuss how environmental concerns, biodiversity conservation, climate change concerns and natural resource use intersect with indigenous culture, spirituality, development, politics and land rights. Also participating in the discussion will be Dr. Robert Miller, a Brazilian representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP-GEF) and a consultant and the technical Coordinator of the GATI (Indigenous Environmental and Territorial Management) Project in Brazil. This presentation for BATFN forms part of a larger Amazonian Indigenous People and Native American Summit being held at Stanford...

June 2017: Saving Brazil’s cerrado (Berkeley)

By on Apr 29, 2017 in Events

Join us on June 6 from 6-8:30 pm for a Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) event held at the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley. The event will focus on Brazil’s cerrado, a tropical woodland ecosystem that is fast being destroyed for industrial ranches and farms. Dr. Arnaldo Carneiro, a researcher at National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), will present his findings on how companies can expand responsibly, while the Union of Concerned Scientists will provide an overview of the current political battle going over the future of the Brazilian Cerrado, which is home to 5 percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity. Over the past decade, vast areas of Brazil’s Cerrado have been converted from diverse native ecosystems into soy monocultures to feed the world’s growing demand. Today, deforestation rates are still higher in the Cerrado, particularly in Matopiba,...

Mar 2017: Why Forests? Why Now? (San Francisco) – REDUX

By on Mar 2, 2017 in Events

The Center for Global Development, together with The Nature Conservancy California Chapter and the University of California Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), is hosting two upcoming events in the Bay Area to launch the book Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change. The events feature Dr. Jonah Busch, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, who co-authored the book with Frances Seymour. Monday, March 6th 5:30 – 7:30 pm The Nature Conservancy California Chapter 201 Mission Street, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA Please RSVP to aleumer@tnc.org Thursday, March 9th 4:30 – 6:30 pm Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) Giannini Hall 248 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA From the authors: Tropical forests are an undervalued asset in meeting the greatest global challenges of our time—averting climate...

Feb 2017: Why Forests? Why Now? (Los Altos) – special event

By on Feb 2, 2017 in Events

On February 15th 2017 from 4-6 pm, the Packard Foundation is hosting a book launch event celebrating the publication of: Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change by Frances Seymour and Jonah Busch This comprehensive synthesis of the latest research makes the case that tropical forests are essential for both climate stability and sustainable development. Why Forests? Why Now? covers every aspect of forest conservation and finance to underscore the urgency, affordability, and feasibility of scaling up funding for reducing deforestation, particularly through performance-based approaches. Opening Remarks: Walt Reid, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Panelists: - Chris Elliott, Climate and Land Use Alliance (moderator) - Frances Seymour, Center for Global Development - Dan Nepstad, Earth Innovation Institute - Donna Lee, Climate...

Nov 2016 BATFN: Building an inclusive low-carbon economy in Acre, Brazil (Berkeley)

By on Oct 15, 2016 in Events

Join us on October 26 from 7-8:30 pm for an event co-hosted by the Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN), Earth Innovation Institute, Forest Trends, and the UC Berkeley Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory and featuring Tião Viana, the governor of Brazil’s state of Acre. Acre, Brazil has one of the most advanced state-wide systems for promoting sustainable development in the tropics. During the last year, when deforestation rates across the Brazilian Amazon increased 24%, Acre’s deforestation declined, falling to 44% of its ten-year average. Acre is leading the way on forest conservation while simultaneously driving economic growth and ensuring inclusion for its people. This event features the premier of The Story of SISA—a short film examining the powerful partnership between the state of Acre and the indigenous and traditional peoples working to keep its forests...

Oct 2016 BATFN – The struggle for indigenous rights within Brazil’s political turmoil (Stanford)

By on Sep 30, 2016 in Events

Join us on Thursday, October 6 from 6-9 pm for a Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) event held at the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. As Brazil weathers severe political and economic unrest in the wake of President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, the country’s indigenous peoples are at the forefront of social movements demanding social and environmental justice. Citing today’s alarming assault on native rights enshrined in Brazil’s 1988 Constitution by a powerful political bloc known as the ruralistas, national indigenous leader Sônia Guajarara will discuss the struggle to defend these rights and the country’s rich ecological heritage through the lens of Brazil’s indigenous mobilization. Sônia hails from the Amazonian forests of the Araribóia indigenous territory in Brazil’s Maranhão State. Her life reflects...

Sep 2016 event – Development Without Destruction: Community-Managed Conservation in Malaysian Borneo (Berkeley)

By on Aug 13, 2016 in Events

Join BATFN and The Borneo Project for a panel discussion with indigenous activists from Borneo and the academics from UC Berkeley who support their efforts. Peter Kallang and Komeok Joe are on the front lines of human rights and environmental justice campaigns in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Komeok, founder of the Penan organization Keruan, has been actively fighting logging since the mid 90s. He has been involved in dozens of blockades and non-violent direct actions against logging companies. As Chairman of the grassroots network SAVE Rivers, Peter Kallang is a leader in the campaign against a series of mega-dams planned for Sarawak. In March 2016 the campaign had a major success when the state government cancelled the Baram Dam, the next dam in line to be built. Dr. Rebekah Shirley from the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at UC Berkeley...

Aug 2016 event – Reducing the negative impacts of tropical logging (San Francisco)

By on Jul 7, 2016 in Events

The timber sector in tropical developing countries has generally been more bane than benefit for local people. Can that dynamic be changed? What conditions allow small timber enterprises in the tropics to flourish? What new tools are helping keep illegal timber out of key markets? Join us on 28 July for a discussion of these issues; come ready to share your experiences.