The Amazon Journey: Creating an Arc of Regeneration at Ohio State

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 , 10:10 a.m.  - 3:45 p.m. EDT

Location: CarmenZoom

Contact: Jane Aparecido

Tags: Global Gateways Brazil Gateway

Meli Bees, a nonprofit from Brazil, was inspired by the work with and protection of the Meliponini stingless bees in traditional communities (quilombolas, indigenous e smallholders) in the most endangered areas of the Amazon Rainforest. Through regenerative agriculture, environmental education and knowledge generation, Meli Bees helps communities develop regenerative practices and new livelihood opportunities.

Meli Bees understands that for the health of our planet, it is urgent to protect the Amazon and partner with people and organizations who are actively taking care of the forest to understand the local context. In collaboration with a variety of partners – such as nonprofits, universities, companies and local communities – many small events will occur simultaneously across the globe. The idea is to re-signify the region previously known as the Arc of Deforestation and focus on the Arc of Regeneration being built in the Brazilian states of Maranhão and Pará.

On Wednesday, September 21, join the Brazil Gateway, Office of International Affairs, Meli Bees, Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Sustainability Institute and Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) at Ohio State as we listen to and speak with Amazon voices.

This event will be held in English. Portuguese-English interpretation will be available.

Register here.


10:10 a.m. – Photo exhibit with slides of photos from the region taken by the community
10:15 a.m. – Welcome: Jane K. Aparecido, director, Brazil Gateway
10:30 a.m. – Opening remarks: Gil Latz, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs
10:45 a.m. – Keynote and short video: “Amazon Voices” – Ana Rosa, director, Meli Bees
11:30 a.m. – “Making honey in Ohio State and in Maranhão, compared” – Beekeeping talk with:

12:30 p.m. – Cultural activity: Carimbó video and lunch break
1:15 p.m. – Welcome: Pedro Lutti, fourth-year finance Ohio State student and president of BRASA
1:30 p.m. – “Ohio State connections in the Amazon: current human-environmental collaborations and future research opportunities” – Multidisciplinary panel with:

2:30 p.m. – Roundtable with students:

3:30 p.m. – Closing remarks: Elena Irwin, faculty director and co-founder, Sustainability Institute at Ohio State

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Jane Aparecido at Requests made one week in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.