Critical theme: lessons and ideas for sustainable development in the Amazon

Event, 23 October 2017

IIED's latest Critical Theme seminar will feature the general director of the Sustainable Amazon Foundation discussing the work of the Brazilian NGO.

A photo of the Amazon rainforest, with water in the foreground. Sixty per cent of the rainforest, which covers 2,100,000 square miles, is located in Brazil (Photo:, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

Lessons and ideas for sustainable development in the Amazon will be discussed at IIED's latest Critical Theme seminar, which takes place on Monday, 23 October, from 4pm.

The keynote speaker will be Virgilio Viana, general director of Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS), or the Sustainable Amazon Foundation. He will discuss the Brazilian NGO's work to promote sustainable involvement, environmental conservation and the improvement of the quality of life of the riverine communities of the state of Amazonas.

The seminar will feature two 15-minute presentations, from Viana and IIED senior associate Steve Bass, who has recently been on a mutual sabbatical with Viana. There will also be a 45-minute question-and-answer session, followed by traditional Brazilian refreshments.

To apply to attend the seminar at IIED's office on Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH, email

About the Critical Theme series

IIED set up the 'Critical Theme' discussion series to explore new ideas and to broaden the knowledge of its staff and partners. 

The seminars cover a wide range of speakers and topics. Previous events have looked at 'Tackling inequality and unsustainable consumption', 'Gender and environmental change', 'Pollution, politics and social media in China', and the 'Links between climate change and food security'.

Other events have focused on the governance of Marine Protected Areas, the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) and its work on reducing urban poverty, and the importance of meaningful stakeholder reporting. The most recent seminar examined the media reporting of links between migration, climate change and the conflict in Syria.


Zaiza Khan, assistant coordinator, Shaping Sustainable Markets: email

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