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Deforestation control plans approved for Amazon and Cerrado biomes

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Documents offer a diagnosis of the current situation for the two biomes and recommends actions to reduce devastation by 2020
published: Dec 16, 2016 12:00 AM last modified: Dec 18, 2016 08:16 AM
ICMBio New phase of the plans focuses on financial incentives, monitoring and control

New phase of the plans focuses on financial incentives, monitoring and control

The permanent interministerial working group dedicated to controlling and preventing devastation has finished the fourth phase of the plans to reduce deforestation rates in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes.

The documents, issued this Thursday (15), offer a diagnosis of the current situation for the two biomes and recommends actions to reduce devastation by 2020, the self-imposed deadline year for fulfilment of the deforestation reduction targets established for the Amazon (80%) and Cerrado (40%).

The new phase of the plans will focus on the creation of regulatory and economic instruments. They will cover issues such as how to expand access to credit for sustainable forest management and the development of new initiatives to raise funding for the productive sector in the financial market.

Actions to promote forestry will complement the enforcement operations already underway in the two biomes. Environment Minister Sarney Filho emphasised that the aim is to establish mechanisms to ensure the livelihood of local populations and protect the value of standing forests.

“We need to offer economic alternatives for those people living in the region," he said. “In addition to strengthening dialogue, the new core area of the plan will focus on developing solutions for the fight against deforestation," he added.

Climate

During the meeting, Minister Filho also announced the conclusion of the study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that will serve as a reference for the development of the national strategy for financing and implementation of Brazil's emission reduction targets undertaken under the Paris Agreement.

“It is an important sign of the direction we want to take with our sustainable development process," he said.

The research will serve as input for the consultations to be held next year with government and third sector stakeholders. These dialogues will lead to a plan for the achievement of Brazil's targets to reduce emissions by 37% by 2025 and 43% by 2030.

The Undersecretary-General for the Environment of Brazil's Foreign Ministry, Ambassador José Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho, highlighted that the anti-deforestation policies will be crucial in this process.