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Essay on Interdisciplinary by Dr. Eduardo Brondizio

October 18, 2017

An essay titled "Interdisciplinarity as Collaborative Problem Framing" written by Dr. Eduardo Brondizio was publised by the Social Sciences Research Council. To know more about the essay please click here 

October 18, 2017

Dr. Eduardo Brondizio interview on the invisibility of urban issues in the Amazon (in Portuguese). The interview can be found here .

July 11, 2017

Sam Schramski, CASEL's outgoing research coordinator, gives a presentation on the Foodways GIS in front of the City of Bloomington's montly meeting of the Sustainability Commission. Sam helped coordinate the project over the last year. The video can be found here.

June 15, 2017

CASEL PhD students Paulo Massoca and Martin Delaroche, as well as affiliate researcher Gabriel Lui, have recently published a paper in the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) newsletter focused on global zero deforestation initiatives. Their article synthesizes the main results of beef and soy moratoria in Brazil. The rest of the articles in this edition of ETFRN News can be found here.
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Sam Roy and colleagues' article appears on NSF's front page

May 1, 2017

One of our PhD students, Sam Roy, is featured on NSF's front page today.

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Check out the article he and his colleagues recently published here.

Challenges of Transitioning to Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in the Amazon Delta and Estuary

April 16, 2017

by Andressa Mansur and Eduardo Brondízio (via The Nature of Cities)

"The lack of adaptive capacity and increasing flood risks in the city of Belém, Brazil, encapsulate the challenges faced by a growing number of cities in the Global South. Sustainable adaptation requires reducing large levels of social, economic, and political inequalities..."[Read More]

Common Goods and Development

11/29/2016

Eduardo S. Brondízio

Note: the following is an essay originally published on the French Agency of Development's Community and Development page.

"Dans la région du delta de l’Amazone, un groupe de pêcheurs en eaux douces parlent de l’accroissement de la pollution urbaine qui menace les habitats de poissons ainsi que la santé de la population. En amont, dans la capitale avoisinante de l’État, des milliers de foyers, pauvres pour la plupart, subissent une montée des eaux qui se déversent depuis les égouts et les toilettes. Au sud-est, une milice armée d’autochtones organise un groupe d’autodéfense pour surveiller les bûcherons qui ont envahi leur territoire. Suivant la route vers l’ouest, des fermiers et des usagers de la forêt négocient un projet de compensation carbone qui pourrait leur procurer des subventions s’ils décidaient d’abandonner l’agriculture sur brûlis. À proximité, on envisage de donner un label écologique à une grande usine de biocarburants à proximité d’un des nombreux barrages hydroélectriques en construction dans la région. En suivant le fleuve vers le sud, les représentants d’une association d’autochtones rencontrent des fermiers voisins et des élus locaux afin de discuter d’un plan de reboisement des berges du fleuve qu’ils partagent, mais dont les eaux sont rendues troubles par les sédiments et polluées par des produits agrochimiques venant des pâturages environnants et des fermes à échelle industrielle, ce que les autochtones qualifient « d’étreinte indésirable »."

In the Amazon delta region, a group of freshwater fishers face an increase in urban pollution threatening fish habitats and the health of their population. Upstream, in the neighboring capital of the State, thousands of homes, most of them poor, are experiencing a rise in water flowing from sewers and toilets. In the South-East, an indigenous armed militia organizes a self-defense group to monitor loggers who have invaded their territory. On the road to the west, farmers and forest users negotiate a carbon offset scheme that could provide them with subsidies if they abandon slash-and-burn agriculture. Nearby, it is envisaged the granting of an eco-label to a large biofuel plant in the vicinity of one of many hydroelectric dams under construction in the region. Following the river to the south, the representatives of an association of local people meet with neighboring farmers and elected officials to discuss a reforestation effort on the banks of the river they share, but whose waters are filled with sediments and pollution by agrochemicals from surrounding pasture and farms. All of this on an industrial scale, in what indigenous people call an "unwanted embrace."

Read more here.

The Challenges of a Successful COP 21

11/28/2016

Eduardo S. Brondízio

Note: The following was originally posted on the RFIEA web site.

"L'accord de Paris comprend des engagements dépassant $100 milliards par an vers les innovations technologiques destinées à décarbonisation de l'économie, en particulier l'énergie. Les détails sur la façon dont ces engagements seront remplis et mis en pratique sont loin d'être clairs."

"The Paris agreement includes commitments in excess of $ 100 billion annually towards technological innovations designed to decarbonise the economy, in particular energy. The details of how these commitments will be fulfilled and put into practice are far from clear."

Read more here.