Watershed management in Brazil

The Colloquium on the Global South will present a panel discussion on watershed management in Brazil. The discussion, which is titled “Participatory Processes for Watershed Management in Brazil: Models and Challenges”, will take place Wednesday, from 2:30 to 4:30pm in room 305, York Lanes, Keele campus.

Professor Patricia E. (Ellie) Perkins of the Faculty of Environmental Studies will chair the discussion, which will feature panelists Marcia Chandra (MES student, Faculty of Environmental Studies), Erika de Castro (School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia) and Paul Zandbergen (Department of Geography, University of South Florida, Tampa).

Brazil’s water law, one of the most progressive in the world, requires the participation of civil society in watershed management decisions. What does this mean in practice, and how can the views and interests of various publics be democratically incorporated in ecologically sound watershed decision processes? This seminar, bringing together participants in two joint Canada-Brazil projects, will discuss the details of several case studies from the Sao Paulo region and their implications for the principles of improved watershed governance.

For more information, visit the University Consortium on the Global South Web site or call Rhonda Dynes at ext. 55237, or by e-mail rdynes@yorku.ca.

The Colloquium on the Global South provides an open space for debate and critical inquiry for students, faculty members, non governmental organizations, social activists, and policy makers. It is presented by the University Consortium on the Global South (UCGS) at York University. The colloquium sessions are free and no pre-registration is required.