NSF-CNH-RCN: Amazon Dams Network: Advancing Integrative Research and Adaptive Management of Social-ecological Systems Transformed by Hydroelectric Dams

Amazon Dams Network Workshop:

Exploring the Colorado River Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program

Flagstaff • Arizona • USA • May 15 – 18, 2017

This workshop’s goal was to promote cross-sectorial dialogue and learning across geographical borders, focusing on integrative research and adaptive management of freshwater systems affected by hydroelectric dams in the Amazon and Colorado River watersheds.  Workshop participants included academic researchers, students, government officers, public defenders, indigenous leaders and electric sector representatives working on dammed river systems in the US, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. Our objectives for the first meeting of the NSF-funded network endeavor were: 1) strengthen and build community among the diverse set of people interested in sharing experiences and collaborative learning across disciplines and geographic regions; 2) identify and establish working groups to tackle key questions and issues related to adaptive management of systems affected by hydroelectric dams; and 3) advance on developing timeline and action steps to complete network products, including outlining a set of products for the near and longer-term.


  • ANEEL – Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica
  • CAPES – Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior
  • EPE – Empresa de Pesquisa Energética
  • ICS – Instituto Clima e Sociedade
  • ICV – Instituto Centro de Vida
  • MPE – RO – Ministério Público Estadual de Rondônia
  • NAU – Northern Arizona University
  • SFRC – School of Forest Resources and Conservation
  • TCD/UF – Tropical Conservation and Development Program, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida
  • WIGF – Water Institute Graduate Fellowship

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