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Advances in land-use planning in the Amazon

Advances in land-use planning in the Amazon

May 25, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:30am PT
Registration closes the morning of the event at 7:00 am (PT)

To see the visible effects of the human footprint on natural ecosystems, look no further than the Amazon rainforest. As in most of the world, agricultural expansion and intensification are driving land-use and land-cover change in the Amazon. The world’s largest tropical forest has exceptionally high rates of land use change that are accelerating forest loss to a critical threshold. Scientists and civil society are increasingly documenting the connection between forests and land use that serve as input for government decision-making. Land use planning is a systematic, multi-stakeholder process that can provide a sustainable means for local people to manage natural resources in a way that meets the needs of both current and future generations. In this session, the panelists will present their experiences working in different countries with government agencies in the Amazon on land use planning as a tool to deter deforestation and preserve ecosystem services.

This session will be presented in Spanish with live, simultaneous translation into English.

Para percibir los efectos visibles de la huella humana en los ecosistemas naturales no es necesario ir más allá de la selva amazónica. Como en la mayor parte del mundo, la expansión y la intensificación de la agricultura están impulsando el cambio de uso y cobertura de la tierra en la Amazonía. El bosque tropical más grande del planeta muestra tasas excepcionalmente altas de cambio de uso de la tierra, lo que están acelerando la pérdida de bosques a un nivel crítico. La ciencia y la sociedad civil están documentando cada vez más la conexión entre los bosques y el uso de la tierra, lo que sirve como insumo para la toma de decisiones gubernamentales. La planificación del uso de la tierra es un proceso sistemático donde interactúan múltiples partes interesadas que puede proporcionar un medio sostenible para que la población local gestione los recursos naturales de una manera que satisfaga las necesidades de las generaciones actuales y futuras. En esta sesión, las personas del panel presentarán sus experiencias de trabajo en diferentes países con agencias gubernamentales de la Amazonía en la planificación del uso de la tierra como una herramienta para disuadir la deforestación y preservar los servicios ecosistémicos.

Esta sesión se ofrecerá tanto en español como en inglés


Marcelo Guevara

Moderator: Marcelo Guevara, Research Associate, The Natural Capital Project, Stanford University

Marcelo is a Geographic Engineer from the Polytechnic School in Ecuador (ESPE) with more than 15 years of experience managing environmental conservation projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has extensive experience in land use planning and spatial analysis. He has a Masters in Environmental Management with Postgraduate Courses at the Institute of Spatial Research (INPE) in Brazil, Stockholm University in Sweden, and the European Space Agency.

Rodrigo Botero García

Panelist: Rodrigo Botero García, Managing Director, Fundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible in Colombia

Rodrigo Botero Garcia is a zootechnician from the National University of Colombia with a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development of Agrarian systems, agrarian and environmental sciences from the Javeriana University. He has focused his professional work on promoting strategies for inter-sector planning of the territory based on environmental ordering, facilitating articulation between authorities at different levels, social organizations and indigenous peoples, among actors.

Avecita Chicchon

Panelist: Avecita Chicchón, Program Director of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Andes-Amazon Initiative

Avecita is the program director for the Andes-Amazon Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Dr. Chicchón has over 30 years of experience in natural resource use, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean. She served as the executive director of the Latin America program at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Dr. Chicchón earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida.

Armando Muñante

Panelist: Armando Muñante, SUNASS, National Superintendence of Sanitation Services in Peru

Armando Muñante is the head of the Decentralized Office of Services at SUNASS in Madre de Dios. Armando holds a master's degree in Agronomy from San Luis Gonzaga National University and has studied in Public Management and Governance at Cesar Vallejo University. He served as the Executive Director of SENASA Madre de Dios and Arequipa from 1996 to 2001. Prior, he was a Manager at PEASAGRO Parroquia de Mazuco-Vicariato de Puerto Maldonado.

Rodrigo Sierra

Panelist: Rodrigo Sierra, President and Founder de GeoIS from Ecuador

Dr. Sierra is President and Founder de GeoIS (2009 - present). Between 1994 and 2008, Dr. Sierra was professor of environmental economics, spatial analysis and modeling, and geostatistics at Arizona State University and The University of Texas at Austin. Taught spatial modelling to faculty and students of several African countries.

Carlos Souza

Panelist: Carlos Souza, CEO and Co-Founder of Terras App Solutions & Research Associate at Imazon

Dr. Carlos Souza received his undergraduate degree in Geology at the Pará State Federal University, an M.Sc. in Soil Science at Penn State University, and a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Dr. Souza is an associate researcher at Imazon, focusing on remote sensing to map and monitor forests, land use and land cover change, and spatial modeling.

 Marta Torres

Panelist: Marta Torres, CINCIA, Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation in Peru

Marta Torres leads CINCIA's Outreach and Education team. Marta holds a Bachelor's degree in education and communication from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and a Masters's degree in rural development from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain. She has worked with the native community and local rural producer associations and led the development of curriculum design and dissemination on environmental education.

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