Professor Natalie Gravel speaks: Environmental Governance in Northeast Brazil
Mar 28, 2012, 12:30pm-2pm
The Brazilian Studies Seminar at York University proudly presents the talk: "The Construction of Environmental Governance in Semi-Arid Communities of Northeast Brazil" by Natalie Gravel, associate professor of the Department of Geography, Laval University; President of the Geographical Society of Quebec.
Rather than depend on the Brazilian state’s water allocation infrastructure strategy, rural citizens’ networks have proposed water-management alternatives in the form of rain harvesting and crop adaptation to drought, particularly the One Million Cisterns project, which has improved quality of life of rural residents, allowed for agricultural diversification in terms of small-scale agriculture and small-animal herding, and helped reduce the population’s vulnerability to dry spells, thus curbing outgoing migration. This case study will explore the path taken by rural communities toward environmental governance and ecological citizenship thanks in large part to the empowering role played by the regional NGO network ASA (Articulação no Semi-Árido) in organizing regional civil society and promoting environmental education.
|Location:||830 York Research Tower|