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Special Seminar: Unparalleled conservation opportunity: indigenous lands and large scale conservation of Amazon forest, the Kayapo

Dr. Barbara Zimmerman

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Unparalleled conservation opportunity: indigenous lands and large-scale conservation of Amazon forest, the Kayapo Dr. Barbara Zimmerman - Director Kayapo Project, International Conservation Fund Canada, Environmental Defense Fund    Over the past three decades, Kayapo indigenous territories of Brazil have proved formidable barriers to forest destruction in the midst one of the world’s highest deforestation zones. International NGOs support a program of conservation and sustainable development in the almost 11,000,000 ha block of Kayapo Indigenous territories that forms the last large block of forest surviving in the southeastern Amazon. This vast area—the size of South Korea—has high conservation significance, being rich in biodiversity and large enough to protect large-scale ecological processes. We seek to build capacity of Kayapo local institutions and communities for economic and ecological sustainability.   Barbara Zimmerman researched ecology of an amphibian and reptile community in a central Amazonian forest of Brazil for her MSC (University of Guelph, Ontario) and PhD (Florida State University) degrees. In 1989 she became involved with the indigenous activist movement of the Kayapo Indians of the Brazilian Amazon. Dr. Zimmerman oversees the design, implementation, coordination and funding of conservation and development programs with Kayapo communities. The objective of these programs is to improve Kayapo capacity for continuing to defend and sustainably manage 11,000,000 ha of their natural forest lands in the highly threatened southeastern Amazon. 

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