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Christian Poirier

Program Director | Amazon Watch

Christian (he/él/ele) is a senior member of Amazon Watch’s team. Having coordinated the Brazil Program since 2009, Christian helped lead international solidarity campaigns to halt the construction of large Amazon dams and to call on the global private sector to cease its complicity in environmental destruction and human rights abuses in the Amazon. While managing Amazon Watch’s Paris office, he partnered with European NGOs on Corporate Social Responsibility campaigns. He has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of international development and advocacy, focusing on environmental, agrarian, and social justice issues. Prior to joining Amazon Watch, Christian assisted Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement and managed rural development and micro enterprise projects in West Africa.

Complicity in Destruction

I will speak about Amazon Watch's "Complicity in Destruction" report series and how our theory of change - exposing northern consumption of Brazil's conflict commodities and the financing of destructive industries operating in the Amazon as a means of shifting socio-environmental policy in Brazil - is now centering on the country's illicit gold trade and the name brand global consumers of this mineral.

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