The ADN mission is to build capacity for the advancement of inter- and transdisciplinary research on the social-ecological impacts of hydroelectric dam construction in the Amazon. The network aims to synthesize and share lessons learned from hydroelectric dam  implementation in the Amazon and the United States focusing on an adaptive management approach within the complex social-ecological systems (SES) theory.

  • Integrate, synthesize, and share scientific, government, and citizen knowledge across study sites;
  • Promote knowledge exchange about adaptive management and use of river ecosystem modeling between the US and Brazil;
  • Advance learning, theoretical and methodological approaches in inter- and trans-disciplinary research on social-ecological systems;
  • Provide insights and recommendations for planning, management, monitoring and decision-making in existing and future hydroelectric dam construction projects.

The upcoming workshop will facilitate dialogues between all areas of expertise by promoting and sharing experiences and knowledge between researchers from Amazon Dams Network (RBA) and different local actors. It will take place at the Universidade Federal de Rondônia in Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil from April 30 to May 2 2020.

Our goal is to foster discussion and reflection on the adaptive management of systems affected by dams on regional, national, and international scale.

Participants range from academic researchers, students, government officers, public defenders, indigenous leaders, and electric sector representatives working on dammed river systems.

The workshop dynamic will include presentations, round tables with leading researchers and actors, working groups, talks on practical experiences, and studies results. Stay tuned for details.