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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32611-5530, Gainesville, FL, US 
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