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Seminar: The Amazon in the new globalized context

Date: October 26, 2016

The Volvo Environment Prize Seminar 2016 will focus on the Amazon, celebrating the work of laureate Professor Carlos Nobre. This year’s seminar will highlight the importance of the Amazonian biome and will examine drivers of land-use change in this region. The loss of forests and other changes in Amazonia are threatening the ability of this ecosystem to provide many services to humanity.

Nobre is one of the world’s leading Earth System scientists and has been a pioneer in efforts to understand and protect the Amazon, one of Earth’s most important ecosystems. He has built an outstanding environmental science career over many decades, including cutting-edge research in Earth System science. Nobre has also led international global change research efforts, chairing the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) from 2005 to 2011, and linked science with policy for the Amazon in national and international arenas.

The seminar will be jointly hosted by the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Program (GEDB) and Future Earth, both housed at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The seminar will be held in Beijer Hall at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 29 November from 13:00 to 16:00 CET.


13:00-13:15: Introduction – Beatrice Crona, GEDB and Wendy Broadgate, Future Earth
13:15-14:00: Carlos Nobre – The Fate of the Amazon Forest
14:00-14:30: Break with refreshments

  • Will Steffen, ANU, Australia – The Amazon: Key Component of a Governed Earth?
  • Martin Persson, Chalmers, Gothenburg – Trading forests: linking Amazon deforestation to global beef and soy consumption
  • Beatrice Crona, GEDB, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

15:15-16:00: Moderated panel debate with the laureate and the speakers

For more information on this event or to register, see the announcement here.