Last year Aldo Farah attended the SESYNC Workshop focused on facilitating Social and Environmental Synthesis and Research. He then applied for a grant that would enable him in conjunction with students from differing universities, to look into protected areas and how they interact with agricultural frontiers in the Amazon basin. More specifically, “The Interactions between Agricultural Expansion and Conservation Prioritization, Discourse, and Practice: A Multi-Scalar Analysis in the Amazon Basin.”
Aldo and his team specifically seek to understand where and how agricultural frontiers and conservation areas overlap, and how in turn these zones that have contact are impacting conservation efforts by affecting policy decisions.
Aldo’s grant was approved!
This past January he journeyed back to Washington D.C. to have the first meeting for this project. He plans to continue meeting 3 to 4 times every 6 months for the next 18 months, meeting again in July of this year and January of 2020 to continue efforts on this project. Farah is working with graduate students from varying universities across the U.S. and Latin America. Other participants of this project include students from the University of California Berkeley, University of Arizona, University of Queensland, University of California- Davis, University of Vermont and University of Washington.
We are very proud of Aldo and excited to follow his and the other participants’ journey through this important project!