Cornell University

"How Amazon's Farmers may be Affected by Current Changes in Brazilian Environmental Policy,” by Ronaldo Santos, LASP Seminar Series

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 12:15pm to 1:10pm

12:15pm to 1:10pm

Stimson Hall, G01
204 East Ave., Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Brazil hosts one of the biggest agribusiness in the worlds.  A huge part of Brazilian goods come from the Amazon region, mostly via big ranches committed to profits and market.  While these big ranches create jobs and promote economic growth, at the same time they may also cause concerns for forest protection. How can a balance be found between economy and natural/social safeguarding under ongoing changes in environmental policies?  In my lecture, I will address three main parts: 1) Providing some background information on how natural resources have been used in Amazon Forest by the farmers addressing numbers, concepts, location, importance for Brazil´s GDP, its correlations with climate change etc., as well as the types of farmers, etc.;  2) Share some thoughts regarding rural and environmental policies (past and present), as relating to protected areas and land distributions; and finally; 3) Summarize perspectives regarding how the current political scenario could be changed over next couple of years considering a based-open economy, expectation in deforestation rate, loss of credibility on the world market due to environmental concerns, violence, tensions and the threat to small farmers, land grabbing and regulation. 

Ronaldo Santos lives in the city of Manaus in Central Amazon, Brazil.  In addition to his academic background in Agronomy and Law, Santos also holds a Master’s Degree in Forest Science. Currently Santos serves as an officer for Brazil´s National Institute for Lands Affairs - INCRA, with a focus on dealing with public land management and how public policies could affect both land use and rural issues in the Amazon region towards a more balanced environmental protection and economic growing approach.  Santos gives voluntarily lectures on the subject of Brazilian environmental legislation at the Amazonas Federal University, and has worked to help frame environmental legislations over the past 10 years as a member of Amazonas’ State Environmental Counsel.  His publication (in Portuguese only): Defesa Contra Multas Ambientais: Prevenção e Estratégias (Appealing from Environmental Fines: Prevention and Strategies), addresses ways to prevent and avoid pollution, degradation, and environmental law violation using fines as a resulting punishment. 

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Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity, Department of Horticulture, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Anthropology, Biological and Environmental Engineering, History, Government, Sociology, Crop and Soil Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Plant Biology, Natural Resources, Development Sociology, Environmental Science, Global Learning, Latin American Studies Program (LASP), Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, Global Cornell, Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, Wildlife Health Cornell

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INCRA (National Agency for Land and Agrarian Affairs), Brazil, and current Humphrey Fellow, CU

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