Bridging Conservation and Development in Latin America
and Africa: Changing Contexts, Changing Strategies

Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program
59th Annual Center for Latin American Studies Conference
26th Annual Center for African Studies Gwendolen M. Carter Lectures
Mellon-LASA Seminar
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

                       January 28-30, 2010  l  University of Florida  l  Gainesville, Florida

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Day 1 - Changing Contexts

The driving forces influencing nature conservation and sustainable development have shifted in recent decades. The first session of the conference highlights and compares the changing contexts in which African and Latin American conservation and development occur, including:

  • Economic globalization and urbanization which has elevated the importance of industry, trade and prices in shaping natural resource exploitation, and increased worldwide vulnerability to fiscal crises;

  • The planet’s rapidly changing environment, in which novel threats to ecosystems have emerged while previously recognized ones have shifted and/or intensified;

  •  New communication and transportation modes that allow information, products, diseases and species to move faster than ever anticipated;

  • Indigenous and other social movements, supported by political alliances, that have given greater voice to demands for human rights, land ownership, resource management and food security.

Analyses of emerging trends in environmental changes, resource demand and supply, poverty and inequality, environmental governance and public policies, complemented by historical perspectives, will inform a discussion of how these larger drivers differentially affect (and are affected by) conservation and development at continental, regional, and local scales.

Speakers for this session include:

Topic Speaker Name and Affiliation
Economic globalization which has elevated the importance of industry, trade and prices in shaping natural resource exploitation, and increased worldwide vulnerability to fiscal crises

James Boyce, Director, Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Gustavo Fonesca, Team Leader, Natural Resources Global Environment Facility

The planet’s rapidly changing environment, in which novel threats to ecosystems have emerged while previously recognized ones have shifted or intensified.

Mercedes Bustamante, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Departamento de Ecologia, Universidade de Brasília

Sheona Shackleton, Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University

New communication modes that allow information, products, diseases and species to move faster than ever anticipated.

Marcela Uhart, Associate Director for Latin America, Global Health Program, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Tom Miliken, Director, TRAFFIC East/Southern Africa

Indigenous and other social movements, supported by political alliances, that have given greater voice to demands for human rights, land ownership, resource management and food security.

Anthony Bebbington, ESRC Professorial Research Fellow, IDPM, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester

James Murombedzi, Senior Advisor on Land Tenure and Property Rights to the Liberian Government

Day 2 - Changing Strategies

This session will highlight innovative stakeholder responses to address drivers and challenges identified during the “Changing Contexts” session. Participants will present and facilitate discussions on:

  • Rights based approaches that focus on decentralized institutional and political contexts of natural resources management and sustainable development;

  • Market based approaches to generate or strengthen market values and incentives for sustainable natural resources use while improving human well being;

  • Multi-scale landscape management that integrates protected areas, indigenous lands and surrounding areas, rather than treating them as disconnected islands of cultural and biological diversity;

  • Cross-sectoral partnerships and networks that build on the respective strengths of different stakeholders working together (Public-private partnerships, multi-institutional partnerships, etc.);

  • Emerging strategies in the wake of the global economic crisis.

Specific examples may include cases from wildlife markets (ivory ban, crocodile conservation), fair trade initiatives, payment for environmental services (including, but not limited to REDD and emerging carbon markets), corporate social responsibility, governance research and action, community-based conservation, ecotourism, land tenure security, indigenous rights, environmental legal recourse, private park management, among others.

Speakers for this session include:

Topic Speaker Name and Affiliation
Rights based approaches that focus on decentralized institutional and political contexts of natural resources management and sustainable development.

Patricia Skyer, Team Leader
Conservation Partnerships for Sustainability in Southern Africa
WWF Namibia

Mary Allegretti, Visiting professor, department of Anthropology, University of Florida

Market based approaches to generate or strengthen market values and incentives for sustainable natural resources use while improving human well-being.

Fatima Cardoso, Associate Researcher, Nucleo de Economia Socioambiental, Universidade de São Paulo - AND - Michael Conroy, Principal, Colibri Consulting, Certification for Sustainable Development and author of “Branded! How the ‘Certification Revolution’ is Transforming Global Corporations”

Maryanne Grieg-Gran, Acting Programme Director, International Institute for Environment and Development

Multi-scale landscape management that integrates protected areas, indigenous lands and surrounding areas, rather than treating them as disconnected islands of cultural and biological diversity.

Allard Blom, Managing Director , Endangered Spaces Program, World Wildlife Fund

Daniel Nepstad, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center

Cross-sectoral partnerships and networks that build on the respective strengths of different stakeholders working together (Public-private partnerships, multi-institutional partnerships, etc.)

Constance Campbell, Amazon Conservation Coordinator, USAID

Theron Morgan Brown, PhD Student, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Florida

Jonathan Stacey, Manager of Rio Tinto - BirdLife programme Birdlife International

Day 3 - Training and Capacity Building

In this session, invited speakers and participants will have the opportunity to present and share experiences on educational initiatives for training and building capacity among diverse actors involved in conservation and development practice. The initiatives will include examples from Latin America and Africa, ranging from formal education programs for University students to community-based education and institutional learning. This session will provide a learning opportunity for participants to compare and discuss theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of education for sustainability. We also foresee the opening of opportunities for networking and collaboration between community representatives, practitioners, students, professors and other stakeholders represented in the conference.

Speakers for this session include:

Topic Speaker Name and Affiliation
Initiatives to support and build capacity of the next generation of conservation and development practitioners.

Robyn Dalzen, Executive Manager, Conservation Leadership Program

Suzana Padua, President, IPÊ - Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research)

Gemma Burford, Co-Director, Aang Serian UK/Global Initiative for  Traditional Systems (GIFTS) of Health

Francisco Rosado May, Director, Universidad Intercultural Maya- Quintana Roo, Mexico

Ana Luz Porzecanski, Associate Director for Capacity Development, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Marianne Schmink, Director, Tropical Conservation and Development Program, University of Florida

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