Video: Covid-19 and the Politics of Climate Governance in the Amazon

In the Amazon deforestation and fires have soared since the Brazilian far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, took office in January 2019, vowing to end the “fines industry” of environment agencies and develop the rainforest. This has consequences for deforestation – and thus for the global climate. It also severely affects the indigenous peoples of the Amazon.

Recently, the Covid-19 pandemic has put in relief the importance of governance – everywhere, but not least in the Amazon, as deforestation is increasing due to lack of monitoring, and the corona-virus is spreading in the indigenous population with devastating effects.

The seminar discusses the current policies for the Amazon in light of the pandemic, and discuss the effects for the indigenous and local population. The situation in Brazil is compared to that of two other Amazonian countries, Peru and Colombia.

Watch the webinar here.


Brenda Brito (Instituto do Homem E Meio Ambiente da Amazônia, Brazil).
Conrado H. Mendes (Professor of Law and the Univeristy of Sao Paulo)
Danielle Rached (Professor at FGV Law School, Rio de Janeiro)
Catalina Vallejo (University of Bergen)
Camila Gianella (Chr. Michelsen Insitute)

Chair: Siri Gloppen (Professor University of Bergen)