Researchers from the United States and the state of São Paulo met at a FAPESP (Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo) symposium in Washington, DC to present the latest findings from their studies of the Amazon. The “FAPESP-U.S. Collaborative Research on the Amazon” meeting was organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Brazil Institute of the Wilson Center. One of the featured speakers was noted biodiversity expert, Tom Lovejoy. We spoke with him about the state of the Amazon and efforts to preserve its endangered ecosystem.
Twenty years ago, many of the key environmental issues of the day, and their implications for national and global security, were too often discussed in isolation. Silo walls were rarely breached, and key players in the public and private sectors did not engage on a regular basis. Enter the Environmental Change and Security Program of the Wilson Center, an undertaking specifically designed to make connections between those that can achieve more working together than would ever be possible while acting separately. An all-star panel looks back at what's been achieved while also assessing the challenges that lie ahead.
In this Context interview, P.J. Simmons, founder of the Environmental Change and Security Program, discussed the history behind the program and a look forward.
“The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program was one of the first to recognize the critical connections between the environment, population dynamics, and security,” says former Wilson Center President and Director Lee Hamilton on the 20th anniversary of the program.
“The Environmental Change and Security Program is one of the most innovative programs here at the Wilson Center,” says President and CEO Jane Harman on the 20th anniversary of the program. “The program’s hallmark has been content that brings timely analysis to new audiences in new ways."
According to a symposium of national leaders, profound and pervasive changes are already underway. They say that climate change related changes are affecting infrastructure, commerce, and the military in ways that compromise national security. Their discussion is the focus of this edition of REWIND.
June 19, 2014 Event, Fourth in USAID-Wilson Center Climate Change Adaptation Series
Asia is going through an unprecedented wave of urbanization. Secondary and tertiary cities are seeing the most rapid changes in land-use and ownership, social structures, and values as peri-urban and agricultural land become part of metropolitan cityscapes. All the while, climate change is making many of these fast-growing cities more vulnerable to disasters.
In this event to celebrate World Population Day, an expert panel discussed a number of strategies for strengthening communities and achieving a range of development goals such as providing appropriate sexual and reproductive health services and investment in education, especially for girls.
In this Context interview, Willy Østreng, Senior Researcher and Chairman of the Research Institute Ocean Futures in Oslo, shared his thoughts on the Arctic and how to best approach such a fragile ecosystem.