Brazil’s Ministry of Environment (MMA) and the government of Amapá will sign a memorandum of understanding on strategies for the economic development of the state, which is located in northern Brazil, through the utilization of the state’s extensive protected areas.
Support from the Ministry was assured after the special secretary of Economic Development of Amapá, Alberto Perreira Góes, presented the project for the implementation of the Corridor of Biodiversity, in Brasília.
One of Amapá’s proposals is to use the Corridor of Biodiversity to supply raw materials and also encourage ecotourism.
The Corridor contains approximately nine million hectares and encompasses part of the Tumucumac Mountains National Park and surrounding areas, home to Indian reservations and various Conservation Units, covering 64.90% of the state’s territory.
The Biodiversity Corridor is located between French Guiana and the Amazon River estuary and protects various ecosystems, including savannahs, tropical forests, flood plains, and mangrove swamps.
A work group formed by techical personnel from Amapá, the MMA, the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), and the environmental organization, Conservation International, will prepare the studies that will provide support to the implementation plan and integrated management of the Conservation Units.
According to the Ibama, the Corridor can give refuge to 505 bird species, 45 lizard species, and nine primate species.
Translation: David Silberstein
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