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Latin American Observatory

Water Justice and Peace

"Villagers enjoying the sunset at the confluence of the Nanay and Amazon Rivers in the Peruvian Amazon." Image from El Río (The River), a documentary film directed by Juan Carlos Galeano. Still image taken by Leoncio Ramírez, Director of Photography for El Río.

Latin American Observatory, focusing on the themes of water justice and peace

The Latin American Observatory is headquartered at the Universidad de la Amazonia, which is networking universities throughout Latin America and North America. This Observatory is set to engage in a series of scientific, and academic exchanges with institutions and among academics in Colombia and around the world who are focusing on the themes of water justice and peace. The aim is to fulfill two closely related challenges: 1) To be instrumental in the consolidation of peace at the national and Amazonian regional level; and 2) to provide the scientific, cultural and institutional support in Latin America for countries to comply with the 2015 Paris commitment of zero deforestation of the Amazon by 2020. The Observatory explores the notion that fostering peace is as important to sustainable development in the Amazon basin as other equally important educational initiatives for long-term social justice and ecological flourishing. With the growing environmental degradation of rivers and forest in the Amazonian region, which will be the initial focus of the Observatory, researchers will study the consequences of globalized modern economic practices, debates on the environmental losses and the need to prepare teachers with ecologically sound pedagogical initiatives in the region.

Fostering peace is as important to sustainable development in the Amazon basin as other equally important educational initiatives for long-term social justice and ecological flourishing.

The Peace Office, the School of Education, the Agroecological Engineering program, and other important academic programs at Universidad de la Amazonia, Colombia, will play a key role in Observatory activities that will engage professors and students in the building of sustainable and equitable models of development for the Amazon. In addition, the Universidad de la Amazonia, Colombia, is developing academic relationships with scholars, artists and academic institutions around the world, including those at Florida State University, Florida, Westminster College, Utah, and Arizona State University, Arizona. Observatory Convener Juan Carlos Galeano, a poet, essayist and filmmaker, and professor at Florida State University, is coordinating activities between partnering institutions. Activities will include lectures, work to build collaborations with area environmental writing and eco-cinema education involving professors and students, and community outreach from the Universidad de la Amazonia to the general population.

  • Colombia

    Main Hub Universidad de la Amazonia
  • Florida

    Participating University Florida State University
  • Utah

    Participating University Westminster College
  • Arizona

    Participating University Arizona State University

The River (El Río)

A documentary film by Juan Carlos Galeano

Scholars and Community Members

Juan Carlos Galeano

Co-Convenor

Gerardo Antonio Castrillón

Key Researcher

Jorge Pulecio

Key Researcher

Dr. Figuero-Helland

Co-Convenor

Joni Adamson

Key Researcher

Abigail Pérez Aguilera

Key Researcher

Vera Coleman

Key Researcher

Maria Cruz-Torres

Key Researcher

Gisela Heffes

Key Researcher