Artículo | 24 Sep, 2019

Impacts of mining and environmental disasters are discussed at the XIII Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Ecological Economics

Campinas, September, 24th, 2019 (IUCN) — Aiming to discuss the effects of human actions over the years and their connection with the current ecological crisis, the XIII Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Ecological Economics brings together researchers and institutions with transdisciplinary knowledge such as physics, ecology, sociology and economics.

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The event is held in Campinas from September 23 to 26, 2019, under the title "Is Anthropocene the age of environmental collapse? Thinking of an economy for Planet Earth", and participants discusses the protagonism of human actions in the context of global changes and reflections on a new economy of the planet that can mitigate the effects of human actions on the environment and biodiversity.

Mining and exploitation of natural resources and its impacts in the context of disasters is on the agenda at the Round Table Social and Environmental Impacts of the Anthropocene: The Case of mining, in which a presentation regarding the impacts of the Fundão dam failure on the economy of the Rio Doce Basin region, which is highly dependent on natural resource extraction. The impact of the dam's collapse has affected important sectors in the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, such as mining, agriculture, ranching, and fishing, limiting the livelihood options of inhabitants.

The presentation will be by Peter May, PhD, Professor of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), a specialist in natural resources and ecological economics, member of the Rio Doce Panel and founding partner of the Brazilian Society of Ecological Economics. Peter May is the lead author of the study Alternative livelihoods in rural landscapes of the Rio Doce Basin after the Fundão Dam failure — Creating opportunities for the future. The study, which is part of the recommendations produced by the Rio Doce Panel, explores the benefits of alternative economic activities consistent with the restoration of the basin and promotes the prioritization of policy and funding instruments to support such efforts.

This Rio Doce Panel study will also be the object of a presentation in the Conflicts, Risks, Disasters and Socio-Environmental Crimes thematic session.

To download the full study, please access: https://www.iucn.org/riodocepanel/issue-paper-1-PT

More information

What: XIII Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Ecological Economics — "Is Anthropocene the age of environmental collapse? Thinking of an economy for Planet Earth"

When: 23 to 26 September 2019

Where: Campus of State University of Campinas — UNICAMP

Site: https://www.ecoeco2019.sinteseeventos.com.br/apresentacao