On January 17, 2018, we continued our Webinar series for our Tropical Master Course students and invited further guest listeners. Over 50 people joined the famous ecologist Dr. Philip Fearnside when he gave this mind-opening presentation on “Deforestation and REDD+ with examples from the Amazon region of Brazil”. The topic came right from his present research as Professor in the Department of Environmental Dynamics at the National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil. He has worked in Amazonia and other regions of the world for over 40 years including his Ph.D. in 1978 from University of Michigan. His research is documented in over 600 professional publications and he received many honors (http://philip.inpa.gov.br).
In his presentation Dr. Fearnside provided numerous insights into one of the most complex and controversial topics of today’s international policy agenda, with instructive examples how economics, markets and politics shape the Amazonian land-use dynamics and the important role of the Amazonian forest for maintaining the water cycle, biodiversity, local people’s livelihood, and to contain global warming. A lively discussion followed the presentation, well moderated by our MSc student Maria Nelz.
I also like to thank MSc student Carolle Alarcon from our Tropical Forestry Master Course for making the connection to Dr. Fearnside and Mr. Robin Pass (DAAD/AGEP) for advertising the webinar.
By: Gerald Kapp