Amazonian Initiative

Amazonian Initiative

Our Amazonian initiative focuses in promoting developmental projects throughout the Amazon rainforest, with the intention of improving the living conditions of the various indigenous groups living in the region. The Amazon rainforest is located in South America and it covers an area of 7,000,000 sq. Km. The Amazon represents half of the planet’s remaining rainforests and numerous studies have proven that there exists a clear link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the whole planet. Deforestation may release significant amounts of carbon dioxide, which could have catastrophic consequences around the world. The amazon is shared by many nations throughout the region and it is home to more than 350 indigenous tribes. The Amazon encompasses: Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana and Guyana.

Ecuador Project

Alongside Consuelo Fernandez-Salvador, Professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, CISD is in the process of helping develop a project for the Shuar people in the Ecuadorian rainforest.

Consuelo Fernandez-Salvador

  • M.A. Latin American Studies-University of Florida at Gainesville
  • BA in Anthropology-University of New Mexico
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
  • Full-time Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of San Francisco of Quito

Consuelo Fernandez-Salvador has been teaching at the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of San Francisco of Quito for 12 years. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program of Development Studies at the ISS where she is doing research on ethno- politics and the control over resources in the Amazon Region in Ecuador. In the last five years, Consuelo has been involved in projects regarding patrimony and artisanal mining, doing research and consulting work for government patrimonial institutions through the USFQ. Her interest lays in indigenous politics, territory and development has led Consuelo to establish networks with institutions such as the University of New Mexico, with whom they are currently organizing an international meeting to work on community planning and territory.

Joey DeMarco

Joey DeMarco is a junior triple majoring in International Studies, Latin American Studies and Spanish at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. During his time at the university, Joey has had an extensive educational background, having studied indigenous groups and their role in society, case studies of international refugees and migration issues, and international conflict resolution and diplomacy.

Before interning at CISD in the summer of 2015, Joey worked at the World Affairs Council of Kentucky. During his time there, he was able to participate in various projects. Joey is currently studying abroad in Ecuador and he is helping Consuelo on her research as a representative of CISD.