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The Future of the Amazon

  • National Geographic Society 1600 M Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Join us at the National Geographic Society for a discussion on the future of the Amazon rainforest. The evening will include a conversation with Thomas Lovejoy, U.N. Foundation and National Geographic Fellowand Brazilian researcher Rita Mesquita (INPA). The conversation will be preceded by a screening of the NatGeo WILD documentary Wild Amazon: Savage Realm.

Tuesday, September 4 | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

National Geographic | 1600 M St NW, Washington DC

Following the discussion, light snacks and juices from the Amazon will be served.

Thomas Lovejoy first set foot in the Amazon in 1965 and studied birds in the forests near Belem for his Ph.D. He has been involved in Amazon science and conservation ever since, including a major ecological experiment to understand the consequences of forest fragmentation now in its 39th year. He was an integral part of National Geographic’s map of the Amazon project in November 2015. In 2016-18, he served as science envoy for the Department of State. 

Rita Mesquita has lived in Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, for the past 34 years and has been a senior researcher with the Brazilian National Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA) since 2000. She holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia, United States. Her research is on natural regeneration of degraded areas of the Amazon, working mainly on secondary vegetation dynamics. She worked for the state of Amazonas government between 2004 and 2008, and took part in some of the most relevant public policies for nature conservation, including the creation and implementation of protected areas, the ecological economic zoning, and the formulation of legislation on environmental management and climate change mitigation. She currently works on scientific dissemination and is responsible for INPA’s extension and outreach programs.

The National Geographic documentary Wild Amazon: Savage Realm presents the largest rainforest and mightiest river on Earth, where there is more diversity of life than anywhere else—and where turtles strike as fast as a snakes and spiders protect frogs. From the elusive jaguar to the diminutive leaf-cutter ant Wild Amazon showcases, the diversity and color of the rainforest along with the people the wildlife share their home with. The film explores the extraordinary relationships that have developed between the unlikeliest of creatures while they struggle for survival in the Amazon.