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We Need to Take Action Now to Protect the Amazon Basin

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The Council's Robert Muggah offers TEDxSaoPaulo five priorities to disrupt the crime and corruption that threatens not just Latin America, but the world.
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If we have any hope of saving the planet's ecosystems and biodiversity, we need to keep the Amazon Basin from reaching a catastrophic tipping point. New technologies like remote sensing and sensors are helping us understand the scope and scale of deforestation and degradation taking place in the world's largest rainforest. Innovative tools from drones to blockchain are helping point the way to solutions. Dr. Robert Muggah offers five priorities to disrupt the crime and corruption that threatens not just Latin America, but the world. He urges governments, businesses, and civil societies to radically re-imagine the Amazon, especially by empowering the people who work and live there and building a sustainable bio-economy. PhD Oxford University (International Development, Economics and Political Studies). Master University of Sussex (International Development and Development Economics). BA Dalhousie University (International Affairs). Senior Consultant of the World Bank. Faculty Singularity University. Co-founder of Instituto Igarapé, one of the top-ranked social policy think tanks in the world and a leading NGO in Latin America.

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About the Expert
Robert Muggah
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities
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Robert Muggah is a specialist in cities, security, migration, and new technologies. He is principal of SecDev, a cyber security and digital resilience company. He also co-founded the Igarapé Institute—an independent think and do tank devoted to data-driven citizen, digital and climate security across Latin America and Africa. In addition to serving as a nonresident senior fellow at the Council, Muggah is a fellow or faculty at six other institutions. He is the author of eight books, most recently Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years (Penguin/Random House) and received his DPhil from the University of Oxford.
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