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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...