Corruption scandals. Impeachment. Brazil facing its worst recession since the 1930s. The 2016 Olympics. Forests in Latin America’s largest country were largely ignored by recent international press coverage of Brazil as the nation’s political drama and economic crisis took center stage. But the country’s impressive progress in combating deforestation in the Amazon has stalled. Deforestation rates rose in 2016 after falling in previous years.
Can Brazil still protect its environment as the country’s enforcement agencies face budget cuts and uncertainty? What role will international donors, activists and civil society play in conservation efforts? And how will Brazilian environmental campaigners grapple with the rising power of the rural lobby in the President Michel Temer’s new government? Arsenault will discuss these questions in his talk.
The talk is on Wednesday February 8th at UBC Robson Square. Light refreshments will be served beforehand at 6:30 p.m. and the talk will begin at 7:00 p.m.
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