A discussão sobre os novos desafios da Amazônia marca a abertura do novo ano na tradicional London School of Economics, fundada em 1895 e considerada um dos principais centros de ciências sociais, políticas e econômicas no mundo, tendo tido 16 prêmios Nobel entre seus professores.
Em 28 de janeiro, o diretor de políticas da Amigos da Terra – Amazônia Brasileira, Roberto Smeraldi, foi convidado para dar uma palestra a respeito da sustentabilidade nas atuais tendências de redução do desmatamento e das oportunidades abertas por tais cenários na área do desenvolvimento, com uma nova e desafiadora agenda de instrumentos econômicos públicos e privados. Segue abaixo a íntegra da programação, que contará com a mediação do professor Anthony Hall, um dos principais brasilianistas da escola.
Beyond deforestation: a new economic agenda for the Brazilian Amazon
Amigos da Terra – Amazônia Brasileira
Monday, January 28, 2013
2:30 to 4:30 pm
Graham Wallace Room
(5 th floor, Old Building, OLD 5.25, Houghton Street)
Chair: Professor Anthony Hall
To book a place, please contact: [email protected]
Over the last few years Brazil has experienced a significant reduction in Amazon deforestation rates. Is this a long-term trend or a temporary blip? What does this imply for other Brazilian biomes or other Amazon countries? In a lower deforestation scenario, new social and economic challenges need to be urgently addressed. At the same time, the need for economic instruments – from taxation in the public policy domain to the building of more sustainable corporate value chains – arises as a critical, priority perspective: something more difficult to be communicated to, and understood by, the global public, more used to disaster warnings. This implies the need to build a new environmental agenda for engaged civil society stakeholders and a research agenda for academia.
Roberto Smeraldi is Policy Director at Amigos da Terra – Amazônia Brasileira, a leading Brazilian NGO, which he co-founded 24 years ago. As a journalist, he writes regular op-eds in the Brazilian mainstream press. He has published several books on sustainability, food issues, public policies and the Amazon.
In 1989-92, he chaired the International NGO Steering Committee for the UNCED Summit in Rio de Janeiro. In 1996-2004, he was member and chair of the International Advisory Group for the G7 Pilot Programme to Conserve the Brazilian Rainforest (PPG7). He was appointed by the President of the Republic of Brazil as a member of the Brazilian Climate Change Forum (2002) and of the Brazilian Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (2006-08) . He served on the sustainability boards of several leading multinational corporations and on the board of Yale’s Forest Dialogue from 2005-2010. He currently also serves on ISEAL’s Steering Committee for the Credibility of Social and Environmental Standards.