A Colorado-Brazil Program on Sustainable Development Education

Program Contact

Peter Newton

peter.newton@colorado.edu

The Colorado-Brazil Program on Sustainable Development Education responds to requests from several Brazilian institutions: the former and current Governors of the state of Amazonas; the State University of Amazonas (UEA); and the State University of Santa Cruz (UESC), Bahia. UESC joined with the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) in 2018-19 to establish an interdisciplinary program of education and exchange (supported by CU Boulder’s Office of Outreach and Engagement). UEA developed an understanding with CU Boulder in 2019, to establish collaborative opportunities around a new Rainforest Social Business School. All partners are extremely keen to develop this program.

The project focuses on conservation and sustainable development in Brazil’s forests. Governments, NGOs, universities, communities, and businesses in Amazonas (in the Amazon forest biome) and southern Bahia (in the Atlantic Forest biome) are grappling with the challenge of how to conserve tropical forests while promoting sustainable pathways of low-emissions development. Their aim is to develop diversified forest-centric economies that can achieve climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable livelihood objectives, and to avoid the business-as-usual trends of deforestation, fires, biodiversity loss, poverty, and inequality.

For Amazonas and Bahia to be successful, they need to: a) train a cohort of skilled, motivated, and experienced young professionals to work at the science-policy interface; and b) develop international partnerships that support their objectives. This project will address these needs by continuing a program of education and exchange that will: a) train graduate students from UEA, UESC, and  CU Boulder; and b) create opportunities for lasting partnerships between these students and their professors. We will do so by teaching an interdisciplinary field course on sustainable development in Brazil’s forests in May 2022.

  • Course Development and Planning


    Location

    In Person

    Gold Biosciences

    on campus

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    Not Applicable

  • Education Abroad class in Brazil

    Additional Info

    The course will take place during Maymester 2022.


    Location

    In Person

    Gold Biosciences

    outside colorado

    Amazonas, Brazil Bahia, Brazil

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    Yes

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Arts & Sciences

  • Environmental Studies Program
  • College of Engineering & Applied Science

  • Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering
  • Mortenson Center in Global Engineering

Program Partners

  • Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Policy Innovation (LEEP), University of Colorado Boulder
  • Governors' Climate and Forests Taskforce (GCF)
  • State University of Amazonas (UEA), Amazonas
  • State University of Santa Cruz (UESC), Bahia
  • Instituto Floresta Viva (IFV)

Audiences Served

  • Adult Learners
  • Government
  • Indigenous Populations
  • International
  • Rural Communities
  • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged