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Conference to explore sustainability of biofuels
Date:11/21/2008

New Haven, Conn.A conference on the social and ecological sustainability of biofuels and the impact of their production on the forests of Central and South America will take place on Friday, Dec. 5, in Panama City, Panama.

The conference, Biofuels and Neotropical Forests: Trends, Implications and Emerging Alternatives, is sponsored by the Environmental and Leadership Training Initiative (ELTI) and the Program in Native Species Reforestation, both joint programs of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. It will take place at the Earl S. Tupper Conference Center at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City. For information and to register, call +507 212-8247/8179.

"Biofuels tend to be marketed as an eco-friendly alternative to gasoline and diesel, and their production often is portrayed as providing a much-needed source of jobs for rural populations through the production of feedstock," said Eva Garen, the ELTI coordinator for Latin America and a research associate at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. "Yet there is increasing concern that the industry could be causing a host of adverse impacts, such as promoting widespread deforestation, increasing greenhouse-gas emissions and food prices, and displacing indigenous and forest-dependent communities."

The conference will explore the direct and indirect impacts of biofuel production on tropical forests and how biofuels production could support or hinder emerging efforts to conserve tropical forests; whether or not biofuels increase greenhouse gas emissions; the social implications of biofuel production on indigenous and forest-dependent communities; whether alternative approaches to biofuel production are sustainable; and the implications of the expanding biofuel industry for tropical forests and rural and indigenous communities in parts of Mexico and Central America.

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Contact: David DeFusco
david.defusco@yale.edu
203-436-4842
Yale University
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