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Conservation International’s work in the Brazilian Amazon
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 12:01 PM-1:00 PM
Featured Speaker: Patty Baiao, Director of Amazon Programs, Conservation International
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar (bring a lunch and drink)
Saint Louis Zoo Monsanto Lecture Theater (lower level Living World)
FREE and OPEN to HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and ADULTS. Registration not required.
For this event, Parking: $12 in the Zoo North Lot, or FREE in Forest Park
Conservation International has been working in the Brazilian Amazon for over 10 years. The Amazon is the largest tropical forest in the world, harboring extraordinary biodiversity and providing essential ecosystem services, such as Carbon storage, for the entire world. This amazing forest is also home to over 20 million people. CI’s work has focused on demonstrating that people need nature to thrive. They are creating green economies in the region to promote social and economic development while preserving the region’s natural capital. To do that, Conservation International has a strong science-based approach with established partnerships at all levels, from local and traditional communities, to state governments and large corporations.
Conservation International Mission:
Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.
About Patty Baiao’s Work:
Patty Baiao, a PhD graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, has returned to her native Brazil where she leads conservation efforts from Belem, Brazil, located on the equator near the mouth of the Amazon. These efforts have been unbelievably successful in stopping rainforest destruction. They have created local interest groups consisting of all the local stakeholders from indigenous peoples to towns and cities, to large corporations. These multi-ethnic and multi-background groups come up with the communal land management plans that have not only stopped, but reversed the destruction of rainforest in much of Amazonia. They have also been very successful with trading carbon credits on the global market.
– Patty Parker, Des Lee Professor of Zoological Studies, University of Missouri – St. Louis; Fellow, Academy of Science – St. Louis
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