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The Last Flying River: Ecological and Cultural Conservation in the Amazon
September 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Over the last month, the devastating fires in the Amazon rainforest have captured the attention of a global audience. One of our planet’s greatest ecosystems is ablaze. Why is this happening, and what can we do?
Join international conservationists for a night about the Amazon. Maria Teresa Quispe from Venezuela, Pacho von Hildebrant from Colombia, and Matt Clark from Portland will present on the North Amazonian Alliance and their collective work to protect the largest intact tropical forest in the world.
Where: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Vanport Room 338 (Third Floor)
María Teresa Quispe is the Managing Director of Wataniba, a non-profit focused on indigenous land rights as a way to address economic inequality and deforestation in the Venezuelan Amazon.
Francis Von Hildebrand is the Executive Director of GAIA Amazonas, a non-profit working with the indigenous nationalities of the southeastern Colombian Amazon on land rights, autonomous local governance, and preservation of traditional knowledge systems.
Matt Clark is the CEO of Nature and Culture International, a non-profit dedicated to conserving biological and cultural diversity in Latin America through the creation and management of protected areas.