SNAP: Western Amazonia: Balancing infrastructure development and Conservation of waters, wetlands and fisheries

Principal Investigator(s): 

Michael Goulding, Mariana Varese, and Craig Groves

Spear fishing, Peru

The Amazon Basin is the largest river system in the world. The Western Amazon contains the largest areas of river and stream channels, flooded forests and floodplain lakes in the basin — wetlands critical to food provision and drinking water for millions of people as well as to subsistence and commercial fisheries. How might conservation of waters and wetlands and local food security and economies dependent on them be balanced with the large-scale infrastructure development already underway, such as roads and expanding agricultural frontiers and hydrocarbon exploitation, as well as planned dams needed to support the growing urban populations?

The SNAP Western Amazonia Working Group will promote integrated river basin management and planning informed by science and “translated” into a language and format usable by decision-makers. This should provide a transnational framework to confront upstream and downstream negative impacts on waters, wetlands and sub-basins and how they might be mitigated in the western Amazon.

This project is supported by the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) initiative, generously funded through founding grants by Shirley and Harry Hagey, Steve and Roberta Denning, Seth Neiman, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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