Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest: Climate Change and the Second Scramble for Africa

Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest: Climate Change and the Second Scramble for Africa

An Oppenheim Lecture featuring Dr. Thomas B. Smith Director, Professor and Director, Center for Tropical Research, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Thomas B. Smith

Across Africa, a new scramble for natural resources is underway, and Cameroon is in its crosshairs. In this lecture, Dr. Smith will describe how the Center is leveraging the best available science to identify new protected areas in the face of resource extraction and climate change. He will also describe the unique effort to build the Center for Integrative Development in Central Africa. Finally, he will discuss a new initiative in Cameroon to reduce global emissions by avoiding deforestation in Cameroon, using emissions fees paid by climate gas emitters in the developed world.

About the Oppenheim Lecture Series

This special evening lecture series presents world class speakers to educate, inform, and build community discourse about the critical environmental problems of our time.