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The Colombian Amazon welcomes 16 local and international researchers as part of the Fulbright Amazonia

From April 8-12 in Leticia, 16 scholars from Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, and the United States will meet with prominent Amazonia experts to present the progress of their research within the framework of the Fulbright Amazonia Program. 
Dr. Carlos Valério Aguiar Gomes from the Federal University of Pará in Brazil and Dr. Jeffrey Hoelle from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the United States are the two notable Amazonia experts, who have provided guidance and intellectual leadership to the group.

The Fulbright Amazonia Co-Lead Scholars, in collaboration with Fulbright Colombia, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (ECA), the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, The Institute of International Education (IIE), and Fulbright Brazil have organized a dynamic and enriching mid-term meeting filled with presentations, workshops, group events, and collaborative opportunities and cultural activities. The National University of Colombia – Amazonia Campus, SENA, and the SINCHI Institute are the national and local partner entities that have actively supported this event.

Fulbright Amazonia Program cordially invites the local community and stakeholders to join the conference and workshop to be held freely in Leticia:

  • Opening Ceremony of Fulbright Amazonia in Leticia: Inaugural event on Monday, April 8th at 4:30 p.m. at SENA Los Lagos – Km. 1 Vía Los Lagos. Sign up here 


  • Pan-Amazon Perspectives: Research, Training, and Collaboration in the Triple Frontier. Students and researchers interested in Amazon research and collaboration, please join us at this event on Friday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m. at SENA Los Lagos – Km. 1 Vía Los Lagos. Sign up here to secure your spot

Fulbright Amazonia Program 

The Amazon River Basin contains the world’s largest and most biodiverse river as well as the largest rainforest, providing the planet with an irreplaceable ecosystem that is a habitat for 30 percent of the world’s plant and animal species and that absorbs two billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. The Amazon River is also a key source of food, medicine, and livelihood for more than 30 million people across the region.


This environment is under imminent threat but the underlying drivers and potential solutions are complex and require expertise from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines.


To meet this urgent need, the Fulbright Program has launched Fulbright Amazonia to create an international network of scholars and practitioners who will conduct research and recommend policies dedicated to protecting fragile ecosystems and improving lives and livelihoods in rural and Indigenous communities of the Amazon. They will focus on three key areas: 

  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

  • Strengthening Human and Environmental Health and Security

  • Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development


Fulbright Amazonia builds on existing networks and close collaboration among U.S. and Amazonian universities and research centers to promote innovative approaches that preserve Amazonian social and ecological health and community traditions. The initiative furthers the collaborative work of nations and NGOs committed to the region’s environmental sustainability. 


Since the Fulbright Amazonia program activities kicked off at the opening meeting in Belem, Brazil, in June 2023, the scholars have been collaborating in interdisciplinary groups to address public policy and other applied research questions relevant to Amazonian nations’ shared opportunities and challenges, as well as pursuing individual research exchange visits. 


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