Amazon Dams Network: Advancing Integrative Research and Adaptive Management of Social-Ecological Systems Transformed by Hydroelectric Dams

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The overall goal of this project is to advance inter- and trans-disciplinary research coordination, focusing on the transformation of social-ecological systems by hydroelectric dam construction in the Amazon and the United States. The experience gained by Southwest Biological Science Center researchers working on the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon will be instructive in this collaboration. 

Looking at Glen Canyon Dam from the Colorado River

Looking at Glen Canyon Dam from the Colorado River (Credit: Todd Wojtowicz, USGS. Public domain.)

The network aims to synthesize and share lessons learned from hydroelectric dam development, focusing on an adaptive management approach within the complex social-ecological systems (SES) theory. The geographical focus is initially the Tocantins, Madeira, and Xingu River watersheds in the Amazon, and the Colorado River watershed in the US. The expertise, experience, and institutional diversity of this research coordination network presents a unique opportunity to motivate and coordinate international research to address problems of dammed freshwater ecosystems. It includes an initial diversity of participants, represented by researchers from diverse academic fields and institutions, representatives from governmental and non-governmental institutions, as well as indigenous and other underrepresented social groups from the US, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.

For more information on the Amazon Dams Network, click on this link: http://amazondamsnetwork.org/.

Participants of ADN meeting sitting in boat on Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Participants of ADN meeting sitting in boat on Colorado River, Grand Canyon (May 2017). (Credit: Todd Wojtowicz, USGS. Public domain.)