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You are cordially invited to a symposium January



 WATER, FORESTS AND PEOPLE: TOWARDS INTEGRATIVE RESEARCH ON DAMS, NATURAL RESOURCES AND SOCIETY IN THE AMAZON



January 23 to 24, 2012

John Wayne Reitz Union, Room 361-363

Gainesville, FL, US



The Brazilian Amazon is one of the most important natural environments in the world. Currently, the Brazilian government has over 80 large dams planned which will impact water resources, forests and land cover, and resident populations, many of whom are indigenous. Considerable research has been done on dams in Brazil, but very little of it has attempted to integrate climate, hydrology, forests and people in the assessment of their effects. Although dams have recently been touted as a carbon neutral energy source, there is considerable evidence to the contrary. With the dynamics of increasing climate change, the need for this kind of integrative research becomes urgent.



This 3 day Symposium will include the participation of UF and Brazilian Scholars, as well as invited guests. There will be one day of presentations and roundtables, one day of integrative research exercises and one day for group work on the proposal, with research team participants



This Symposium is part of the Amazon Dams Program Initiative, an effort to build a bi-national research program on the multiple social and environmental effects of dams involving, , four rivers and three Universities in the Brazilian Amazon, working collaboratively with UF and other US faculty, students and researchers.





Co-sponsored by:

Center for Latin American Studies

Tropical Conservation and Development Program - TCD

Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative - ACLI

University of Florida Water Institute

Florida Climate Institute – FCI



Schedule of Day 1 – see PDF for whole schedule!



JANUARY 23, 2012 - FIRST DAY





Time


Theme


Speaker


AM 9:00 – 9:15


Welcome and Opening


Dr. Philip J. Williams - Director, Center for Latin American Studies/UF

Dr. Bette Loiselle - Director, Tropical Conservation and Development Program /UF

Dr. Wendy Graham – Director, Water Institute /UF


9:15-9:20




Objectives and Agenda




Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith, Department of Anthropology/UF


9:20-10:15




The context of Dams and Climate Change in Brazilian Amazon




Dr. Philip Fearnside,

Professor and Researcher, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia – INPA/Brazil


10:15-10:30                           Break








10:30-11:00





Dams and Population Displacement and Resettlement




Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith, Department of Anthropology/UF






11:00-11:30





Politics of Water and Social Movements


Dr. Katrina Schwartz, Department of Political Science, UF






11:30- 12:00





Linking Short-Term and Long-Term Models to Evaluate Success in Dam-Induced Resettlement Projects


MS Gabriela Stocks,

Department of Anthropology, UF






12:00 – 1:30 PM


Lunch on your own










1:30-2:00





Long Term Multidisciplinary Research on Dams: Lessons Learned From The Glen Canyon Dam, Colorado River, US




Dr. Theodore Melis – USGS

Glen Canyon Program and Dr. William (Bill) Pine - Wildlife Ecology and Conservation – UF






2:00-2:30





Effects of Dams in River Geomorphology




Dr. Joann Mossa, Department of Geography, UF






2:30-3:00





Dams and Fisheries in the Amazon: State of Art, Gaps of Knowledge and Integration Across Tocantins and Madeira Watersheds


Dr. Elineide Marques, Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), Brazil and Dr. Carolina Doria, Federal University of Rondônia (UNIR), Brazil






3:00-3:30





Forests, Land Use and Land Cover Change Processes Related to Dams


Dr. Michael Binford, Chair, Department of Geography, UF, and Dr. Stephanie Bohlman, School of Forest Resources and Conservation - UF






3:30-3:45


Break






3:45-4:15


Environmental and Social Impact Analysis on Dams in Brazil: a Need for New Paradigms




Dr. Mary Allegretti, President, Chico Mendes Memorial, Brazil


4:15-4:45


Public Utilities and Benchmarking for Water and Energy Sectors




Dr. Sanford Berg, Director of Water Studies for the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at UF


4:45-5:15


Dam Licensing in the United States


Dr. Christine A. Klein, Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law and Director, LL.M. Program in Environmental & Land Use Law University of Florida Levin College of Law


5:15-5:30


Day wrap-up


Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith






Simone Athayde, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Associate,

Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative (ACLI) Center for Latin American Studies,

University of Florida

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