“In order to reduce deforestation, it is necessary to discuss deeply about what we understand as development. The model and understanding of development that is currently in place brings deforestation with it,” he said.
He insists that concerned policy makers and global citizens should recognise that the region is part of a sovereign nation and that no solutions will come from the idea of returning to a pristine era.
Earlier this month the documentary film ‘Climate Amazon: The Forest of Today and Tomorrow’ was screened at King’s, followed by a discussion about the complexity of the Amazonian Biome and the global consequences of deforestation. The panel included: Dr de Carvalho; the film’s director, Tainá de Luccas; Dr Grace Souza, Kings Brazil Institute Fellow; and Athena Caron, Amazon Charitable Trust.
‘Climate Amazon: The Forest of Today and Tomorrow’ underscores the complexity of the situation by examining the relationship between the Amazon and the climate through a narrative that includes interviews with specialists in the region and scientists from some of the most renowned research institutions in Brazil.
“The rainforest is quite fragile and has been systematically a victim of deforestation and uncontrolled exploitation, with mining and other forms of depredation. Policies of conservation must be in place, as the global environmental security depends on that part of the planet,” said Dr de Carvalho – stressing that there is not a single and simple solution for the problems facing the region, making a holistic understanding and approach not only preferred, but necessary.
Dr de Carvalho emphasizes the great dimensions of the rainforest, its rich resources and the geo-strategic relevance of the region as critical points of understanding for those considering the future of the region.
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