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Indigenous territories in the context of the global climate crisis: carbon geopolitics, ecosystem services, and indigenous autonomies in the Brazilian Amazon

Grant number: 21/06827-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 30, 2021
Effective date (End): June 27, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Larissa Mies Bombardi
Grantee:Fábio Márcio Alkmin
Supervisor: Samuel Halvorsen
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Queen Mary University of London, England  
Associated to the scholarship:18/22226-4 - Indigenous autonomies in the Brazilian Amazon: a socio-territorial panorama, BP.DR


The present international internship project is part of the PhD project "Indigenous autonomies in the Brazilian Amazon: a socio-territorial panorama" (2018/22226-4). The general objective of the BEPE internship is the analyse of the mechanisms for pricing and trading carbon credits in indigenous territories, within the scope of global climate change mitigation policies. We will critically analyse the main aspects of the debate on the financialization of climate and nature, to understand the current interests and counterparts involved in the growing international support, especially European, for the conservation of indigenous territories in the Legal Amazon. From the analysis of ongoing experiences, including countries in Africa and Asia, we will investigate the trend lines of commercialization of the carbon, aiming to critically understand the potential impacts of this commodity on the autonomy and territorial management of the Amazonian indigenous people. The reflection on this phenomenon is urgent due to the increasing centrality of the Amazon in the international climate agenda, since the region stocks about 20% of all the carbon contained in the planet's terrestrial vegetation. In addition to the theoretical or analytical perspective, which is fundamental to the strengthening of new and urgent themes for the studies of Brazilian Geography, we believe that this internship has the potential to contribute with essential elements to the creation and/or review of public policies in this regard, including giving greater theoretical and analytical subsidies for indigenous organizations and Brazilian civil society. (AU)

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