Networking Friday with Yara Schaeffer-Novelli

On July 28, 2023, 1:00 - 3:00 PM UTC, the Networking Fridays will commemorate the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem (26 July) with a lecture entitled MANGROVE-HUMAN CONNECTIVITY: BEYOND MOLECULAR by Yara Schaeffer-Novelli (IOUSP). The moderator will be Renato de Almeida (UFRB). The presentation will be done in Portuguese with remote simultaneous translation to English.

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We live in a changing world that makes us more nostalgic for the landscapes and stories still in our memories. In this sense, oral tradition and the maintenance of the culture of the people of the sea are celebrated as dates and festivities that allow us to revisit those memories. Mangroves represent one of the most vivid landscapes in the memories of the communities who live near them. Not only in terms of festivities, fisheries, and the playing in the space exposed in the low tides, but also in the manifestations of respect for the deities they believe to protect that environment so full of legends. Fishermen and shellfish gleaners have a deep knowledge of the mangrove as part of the life cycle of many species invaluable to humans. This contribution, together with other resources coming from all intertidal ecosystems, extrapolate the limits of the coastal zone and reaches the ocean waters where it nourishes the open ocean species. All this may be called CONNECTIVITY.

Yara Schaeffer-Novelli was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a Bachelor degree in Natural History from the University of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, a Master Degree in Biological Oceanography and a PhD in Sciences: Zoology Yara is a Lecturer in Biological Oceanography, University of São Paulo, and a Senior Professor at the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (IOC). She is a founding partner of the BiomaBrasil Institute, member of the Brazilian Wetlands National Committee Marshlands (CNZU), member of the Mangrove Specialist Group, IUCN Species Survival Commission, and observer member of the Ramsar's Convention Technical and Scientific Committee. Yara was the Coordinator of the Technical Information, Documentation and Environmental Research of the Secretariat of the Environment of the State of São Paulo from 1992 to 1995.

The Networking Fridays Webinar Series was endorsed as an UN Ocean Decade Activity and this is an UN Ocean Decade Event.

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