• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Opens the Door to Its Bio Treasures

In a move to take advantage of Brazil’s enormous biodiversity, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment has approved the first contract with a private company for the use of plants, animals, minerals and micro-organisms in a determined region. The region is the Pantanal and the idea is to begin making perfumes from plants there.

The Brazilian pantanal is South America’s largest flood plain. It is located in the Central West region and with an area of approximately 140,000 square kilometers, covers large parts of the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso.


Quest Internacional of Brazil Ltd. has begun collecting material at the Campo Formoso Farm in Aquidauana, state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The deal is that Quest will pay the landowner a 5% royalty on sales of any perfume made from local plants collected between now and November 2005. Quest will also be sending weekly reports to the ministry.


Eduardo Velez, who heads the Council on Genetic Property Management at the ministry, says the plan is to combat the irregular use of natural resources through government control.


“Companies will have to comply with legislation and share the benefits and profits that come from biodiversity use. This is part of the fight against biopiracy.


“We are stimulating the correct use of biodiversity so that the scientific community and the private sector can exploit this area with responsibility,” he said.


Another offensive in this area by the government, reports Velez, is a bill that is on the way to Congress which will improve legislation on natural resources use.


“We need clear rules,” he said.


At the moment, the Ministry of Environment is examining 12 proposals for commercial exploitation of conservation areas under control of the Environmental Protection Institute (Ibama).


Such projects will automatically pay royalties into the National Enviromental Fund which will use the monies to expand its conservation programs.


Fish from Amazon and Pantanal


Various native fish species from the Amazon and the Pantanal flood plains are on the list of the Brazilian Export Promotion Agency (Apex-Brazil), linked to the Ministry of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade.


Through an agreement signed May 26 between the Apex-Brazil and the Special Secretariat of Aquiculture and Fishing, the Brazilian government will invest over US$ 634,000 in publicity, exportation, and the opening of new markets for these fish.


The project aims to encourage small producers to enter the export market. Besides traditional consumer markets such as the United States, France, Spain, and Italy, the partnership intends to expand commercial relations with promising markets such as the Middle East, Japan, and China, by promoting rounds of business and participating in international fairs.


According to the president of Apex-Brazil, Juan Quiróz, the goal is to raise the volume of exports from the 33 thousand tons registered in 2003 to 50 thousand tons by the end of 2005.


“Nowadays Brazil possesses two big trademarks, Amazônia and the Pantanal. We shall energize these brands and stimulate demand for the country’s native fish,” Quiróz explained, underscoring that the growth in exports will involve around 70 companies and will make it possible to generate over 3,500 direct jobs in the sector.


The Secretary of Aquiculture and Fishing, José Fritsch, is optimistic about the parnership with Apex-Brazil, since Brazilian fish already conform to a high standard of quality and trackability, prerequisites for acceptance of the product on the most stringent markets.


“Our native fish are of excellent quality, and those derived from aquiculture are bred without chemical additives or antibiotics.”


In 2003, Brazil exported US$ 419 million worth of fish and seafood, predominately shrimp, lobster, and tuna.


With the project, the government wants to push the exportation of cultivated native freshwater fish, in addition to the species caught at sea.


“Brazilian organic fish have all they need to conquer the world,” Fritsch affirmed, observing that world demand for organic products has grown annually on the order of 12%.


Agência Brasil
Translator: Allen Bennett

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazilian Army Investigates NGOs Working in the Amazon

A spokesman for the Brazilian Army reports that NGO activities in the Amazon region ...

Brazil Sends High-Level Team to London to Probe Death of Brazilian Killed by Police

The Brazilian government expressed indignation over new information published in the media about the ...

Heated Domestic Demand Ups Brazil GDP to 5.2% This Year

The Brazilian GDP is forecasted to expand 5.2% in 2007, up from the original ...

UN’s Rapporteur Disagrees With Amnesty’s Assessment of Brazil

Doudou Diène, special rapporteur of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission on Contemporary ...

Brazil’s Foreign Debt Falls 14% But It’s Still US$ 65 Billion

Brazil’s foreign debt is down 14% since December, reports the National Treasury. That means ...

Lula Wants World to Know Brazil Is Iran’s Good Friend, Nukes and All

Brazilian diplomats believe that the administration of president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva plans ...

Brazil Puts Desktops in Every One of Its 5,560 Cities. Over 350.000 of Them

Brazil is installing 356,800 virtualized desktops in schools in all of Brazil's 5,560 municipalities. ...

Technology Helps Brazil Get Record Crop Without Expanding Planted Area

Brazil's 2007/2008 crop, with 143.87 million tons picked, growth of 9.2% over the previous ...

Brazil’s Natural Gas Fleet Close to 1 Million

Prior to the end of 2005, it is possible that the target set by ...

This land is their land

U.S. international policy is rife with "America knows best" practices and policies. So, to ...