In honor of renowned conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy, the Kathryn S. Fuller Science for Nature Symposium will be re-named the Thomas Lovejoy Science for Nature Symposium. For the last 17 years, our Science for Nature symposia have brought together extraordinary global thinkers and leaders in science, policy, and conservation to discuss groundbreaking conservation science research and how to put it into practice. Throughout his career, Tom Lovejoy was one of those extraordinary thinkers and leaders. To acknowledge his remarkable contributions to science and nature and over 50 years of working in the Amazon, the first Lovejoy Science for Nature Symposium will discuss the resilience of the Amazon and solutions for nature and people.


A Turning Point for the Amazon

October 17, 2023 and October 24, 2023

The Amazon is close to reaching a tipping point, which puts into question the future of its ecological resilience, the resilience of its people, and the health of the planet. The tropical rainforest and river system spans eight countries—each with its own peoples, cultural values, political economies, and environmental concerns and priorities. As countries work together to achieve solutions at scale, they are also acknowledging these distinct local realities.

On October 17, in the first part of A Turning Point for the Amazon, the Thomas Lovejoy Science for Nature Symposium, we heard from thought leaders about the Amazon’s resilience to threats and disturbances and solutions to keep the Amazon and its people thriving.

On October 24, we continued the discussion on enhancing science across the Amazon and sustainability to achieve converging goals for people and nature.