IIC Brazil Summer Policy Lab

February 23rd, 2016 @   - 

Aerial photograph of the Xingu Indigenous Reserve in eastern Mato Grosso. The Xingu Reserve is one of the largest protected rainforest areas in the world but extensive croplands in the Reserve’s headwaters threaten water quality and regional climate. Photo credit: Marcia Macedo.

The Ecosystems Center will partner with the University of Chicago’s International Innovation Corps (IIC) in the Harris School of Public Policy to create a Brazil Summer Policy Lab to link Amazon ecosystem science to forest and biodiversity conservation policy.

This summer, eight to ten University of Chicago graduate students will live and work in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia from June to August and collaborate with scientists from MBL and the MBL’s partners in Amazon research at the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) and the Institute for Amazon Environmental Research (IPAM) to link Amazon science to conservation policy recommendations.

Students will develop policy prescriptions for sustaining forest protected area, reducing fire and protecting streamside riparian forest and water quality using data derived from science conducted by MBL, WHRC, IPAM and other partners in Mato Grosso and other places in the Amazon. Participants will be drawn from the Harris School and across the University.

The program is funded by a USAID grant to the University of Chicago. Policy fellows will spend several days in Woods Hole in late June before they depart for Brazil.

The Ecosystems Center’s Chris Neill and Linda Deegan worked with IIC Director of Operations Phoebe Holtzman and colleagues at WHRC and IPAM to develop the program.

Applications for the program and more information may be found online at: http://iic.uchicago.edu/.

Download the program brochure (pdf).

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