We propose during this phase of LBA to lead in organizing two workshops, one in Belém on Environmental Services and another one in Manaus on Human Dimensions and Environmental Education. The one in Belém will be hosted by the Federal University of Pará (see letter of support from the Reitor da Universidade) and one of our Co-Is, economist Larissa Chermont will be hosting it. The one in Manaus will be hosted by INPA (see letter of support from the Director of INPA) and two of our Co-Is Flavio Luizão and Regina Luizão. The former will focus on economic approaches to understanding environmental goods and services provided by the Amazon ecosystems, and the latter will focus on developing approaches to protect conservation areas through environmental education, through working with local human communities.
In order to economize on travel funds, we plan to have a meeting of co-Is during these two workshops each year to further facilitate exchange of information, work on synthesis papers, and data preparation and data transfers.
Other Training and Education:
One important connection of our project is with the recently approved ‘Pós-Graduação (PG) em Ciências Ambientais, Centro de Geociências, Universidade Federal do Pará and running courses at INPA. Several members of our team are already on the faculty of this post-graduate course on environmental sciences (Batistella, Alves, F. and R. Luizão, and others will also contribute to it as visiting professors (Moran, Brondizio).
Training courses at INPA, EMBRAPA, and UFPA:
- At INPA, the Project team will offer special disciplines at PG courses (Ecology and Forest Sciences) during a couple of weeks. In Belém, they will also present lectures. To save money, we will ensure that this coincides with the Manaus and Belém workshops.
- We propose to carry out a team taught course on human dimensions of land use change in the Amazon at INPA. Working with colleagues from INPA, we plan to assemble four members of our research team focusing theory and methods on human dimensions research. This is one of the most needed training areas for Amazonian researchers. Our team has recognized expertise on quantitative and qualitative methods integrating survey and remote sensing data. We propose to use INPA’s facility for RS and GIS and data collected on Phases I and II to train Amazonian students and professional selected from a range of Amazon institutions. The CD we developed for LBA will be distributed further as a tool.
A booklet on LULCC for the LBA series being produced by INPA/LBA will be produced by our team, in collaboration with other LBA scientists. The workshops will be used to hone this booklet and prepare its final results.
We will work with LBA headquarters to provide advanced training of young LBA Masters or PhDs on data integration analyses (last phase of their training!). This is an area where we have expertise. For the past several years, in collaboration with IAI we had several Brazilian colleagues take part in a series of Summer Institutes at Indiana University on data integration. We will put together such a course in Brazil as an extension to the Workshops.