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The Amazon Complex – More than a Rainforest: Scientific & Transdisciplinary Approximations

Freie Universität Berlin – Institute for Latin American Studies

Sobre o evento

Studying the Amazon is a life’s mission; accordingly, in 4 hours we will only raise three questions that are currently discussed scientifically and politically: What does it mean to be a region approximating a global climate tipping point? & How could a decolonial approach transform relationships to and within the Amazon? & Which alliances of diverging civil societies are imaginable? The first panel will lay scientific ground from which we approach complex interdependencies of multiple transitions in the Amazon; the second panel will concentrate on the question how those transitions could become just transitions. The third panel will explore ideas for a dialogue of climate crisis by diverse civil societies.

Panel 1: Since 2011 an interdisciplinary group of scientists from Brazil and Germany works together on Amazonian land use change and tipping points, on conflict drivers and conflict solution approaches & Major challenges of this common endeavor are the different scales and temporalities of natural and societal processes. Additionally, the constant changes of national and global frame-conditions make it more insecure to engage in predictions of future scenarios. To develop visions for just transitions, a constant dialogue with local and global civil society is indispensable.

Panel 2: Berlin’s vibrant civil society is strongly engaged in Brazilian and European/German-Brazilian politics to advance such a dialogue on our second panel. As a basis for discussion, we will draw on the critical expertise of a research network from the University of Münster working on bioeconomy and just transition  In our Fishbowl-Discussion, a dialogue about just future(s) of the region will unfold. The focus will rest on how the identified transformation approaches can be operationalized, e.g. by changing import policies regarding non-timber-forest-products, by a critical assessment of bilateral treaties to foster the import of hydrocarbons and rare earths, or, more generally by a change of attitudes and behaviors regarding the reasons for destructive transitions in the Amazon.

Panel 3: As we are preparing an encompassing international dialogue on climate crisis involving representatives of German and Latin American civil societies for 2024 in the framework of the Centre Mecila, we invite the participants of the present symposium to discuss ideas for this workshop to come in 2024.


Location: Lateinamerika Institut, Rüdesheimer Str. 54, 14197 Berlin, Room 201.

Time: 16:15 – 20:30 h.

Register with Nina Leibbrandt from the Mecila-Centre: