CANCELLED - Panel Discussion: Implications of the Brazilian elections for Brazil’s environmental institutions
In the last thirty years Brazil has made huge strides in terms of conserving its natural landscapes. Among other things successive governments have i) passed a progressive Forest Code that makes it a legal requirement for landowners to protected natural habitats on their properties, ii) contributed 80% of the global expansion of protected areas between 2001 and 2007 and iii) is the country that has granted the most land rights to traditional and indigenous peoples. In addition Brazil demonstrated international environmental leadership by hosting the 1992 UN Rio Earth Summit and the UN Rio +20 conference on sustainable development.

These gains risk being reversed if Jair Bolsonaro is elected president of Brazil in the run-off elections on October 28. Bolsonaro is the leader of the far-right social liberal party and openly anti-environmental. Media outlets have already reacted positing that he is a potential threat to Brazils’ environmental institutions, the Amazon, global change.

In this special OCTF panel discussion we will come together to discuss and debate the likely future of Brazil’s environmental institutions under Bolsonaro’s presidency. Four experts on the Brazilian politics and the environment will provide their analysis of the situation as an input to a collective discussion on possible actions if, as seems likely, Bolsonaro assumes the presidency.
Date: 18 October 2018, 17:00 (Thursday, 2nd week, Michaelmas 2018)
Venue: Dyson Perrins Building, off South Parks Road OX1 3QY
Venue Details: Beckit Room
Speakers: Dr Paul Jepson (School of Geography and the Environment), Prof Timothy Power (University of Oxford), Sergio Carvalho (University of Oxford), Dr Erika Berenguer (University of Oxford)
Organising department: Oxford University Centre for the Environment
Organiser: Jane Applegarth (University of Oxford, Oxford University Centre for the Environment)
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Host: Dr Paul Jepson (School of Geography and the Environment)
Part of: Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests
Booking required?: Required
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Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editor: Jane Applegarth