Join Science Panel for the Amazon at the UN Science Summit

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Join us at the UN Science Summit! “The Amazon as a Bioeconomy Superpower: Investing in Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development” will take place in person at Scandinavia House on September 16th at 1:45 pm-4:15 pm EDT alongside the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It is co-hosted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA).

The aim of this session is to create awareness of the potential for a bioeconomy of standing forests and flowing rivers in the Amazon, leveraged by investments in science, technology, and innovation as called for in SDG 9.

The Amazon Basin is one of the world's most biologically diverse areas, home to >10% of the world’s described species. Yet, the region is under threat; approximately 17% of the basin has been deforested, and an additional 17% of the biome has been degraded. Deforestation contributes to climate change and places the region in danger of crossing a tipping point beyond which today’s forests can no longer exist.

The coming years are crucial for saving Amazon. While many see conservation goals in conflict with economic growth, this is not the case. Investing in research and technology today can promote the sustainable use of resources in the long term, and build a vibrant, inclusive, knowledge-based economy based on new products and services that can be produced from standing forests. This requires building the region’s research capacity and disseminating scientific knowledge to key stakeholder groups.

Speakers include:

  • Pilar Calderón, Journalist, former Deputy Editor at El Espectador, and former Minister Counselor for Communications to President Juan Manuel Santos;
  • Liliana Dávalos, Professor at Stony Brook University;
  • Carlos Nobre, SPA Co-Chair, and Senior Scientist at National Institute of Space Research (INPE);
  • Belén Páez, Director of Fundación Pachamama;
  • Adalberto Val, Senior researcher for the Brazilian National Institute for Research of the Amazon (INPA); and
  • Maria Luiza de Oliveira Pinto e Paiva, Executive Vice President of Sustainability of Vale.


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