Forests

The Scientific, Social, and Economic Dimensions of Development in the Amazon

 

On September 24, 2018, the Wilson Center hosted a full-day workshop on the impact of the Amazon on global climate trends and current efforts to support sustainable development and conservation in the region, in partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the National Institute of Amazon Research (INPA), and with the support of the Alcoa Foundation.

Amazon Tipping Point

In the 1970s, Brazilian scientist Eneas Salati shattered the long held dogma that vegetation is simply the consequence of climate and has no influence on climate whatsoever (1).

The Fight Against Deforestation in Brazil

Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

As nature’s largest and longest-lived creations, trees play an extraordinarily important role in our cities; they are living landmarks that define space, cool the air, soothe our psyches, and connect us to nature and our past. Today, four-fifths of Americans live in or near urban areas, surrounded by millions of trees of hundreds of different species. Despite their ubiquity and familiarity, most of us take trees for granted and know little of their fascinating natural history or remarkable civic virtues.

Women's Leadership in Conservation and Peace

It used to be a luxury to talk about the environment when you were addressing conflict. Today, “we recognize it’s not a luxury anymore,” said Liz Hume, senior director for programs at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, at the Wilson Center on April 29. Similarly, gender dynamics are now being recognized as playing a critical role in sustainable development and peacebuilding.

Transcending Boundaries: Peace Parks and Wild Women

Speakers:

Sara Canals, Documentary Fellow, International Peace Park Expeditions

Elizabeth Carrera, Peace & Conflict Impact Assessment Fellow, International Peace Park Expeditions

Rule of Law and the Environment: Rights, Resources, and Governance

On January 19, 2016, the University of South Carolina Rule of Law Collaborative, in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will host "Rule of Law and the Environment: Rights, Resources and Governance," a JusTRAC symposium that will focus on the intersection between rule of law issues and the environment. Discussion will focus on how rule of law plays a role in environmental harm and resource instability and how environment concerns and resource scarcity in turn create rule of law problems. The symposium will bring together leading figures from key U.S.

Climate Change Adaptation and Population Dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean - Perspectives from the Region

Latin America and the Caribbean face multiple risks from a changing climate, from sea level rise to glacial melt to extreme weather and disease. Recent population trends—particularly population growth and urbanization—will continue to be an important factor in influencing the region’s vulnerability and adaptive capacity. This policy brief shares highlights, key findings and lessons from a series of seminars on climate change adaptation organized by the Wilson Center and U.S. Agency for International Development missions across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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