We Are in This Together, Says Brazil About Preservation of Biodiversity

Brazil is home to between 15% and 20% of all living species, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment and a country with one of the greatest varieties of biodiversity in the world.

That is the backdrop to the 8th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, (COP-8) which will be hosted by Brazil in the city of Curitiba, state of Paraná, at the end of this month.

With 188 "parties," the COP is the most important convention dealing with biodiversity. According to João Paulo Capobianco, secretary of Biodiversity and Forests at the Ministry, the main goal of the Curitiba conference should be to put into practice what has been decided on up to now.

He says the main pillars of the COP are: conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of natural resources and a just and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of biodiversity.

"There are enormous expectations that what has been proposed over the lifetime of the COP can be effectively implanted and the world enter a new cycle – a cycle of real protection of biodiversity. Unfortunately, in recent decades the opposite has occurred: there has been a drastic reduction in biodiversity," he declared.

"Brazil and many other countries are in this together. We want to do something. We want results. We want to work together to change the way people treat the planet’s biodiversity," said the secretary, pointing out that it is believed that there will be a massive presence of Ministers of Environment from all over the world and that real progress will be made in Curitiba.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

1/3 of Pregnant Women Get Abortion in Brazil

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.4 million abortions take place in Brazil ...

Niterí³i, Brazil, Suffers Its Worst Ecological Disaster Ever

Brazil’s Federal Police began an investigation of a spill involving over two thousand liters ...

Brazil Has Become a Land of Private Affluence and Public Penury

Years ago, retired Brazilians who were poor began to count upon a rural pension ...

Press Too Cozy to Power in Brazil

Brazil’s National Federation of Journalists is asking the government to forward to Congress a ...

Brazil’s Amí©rica Latina Logí­stica Earns US$ 866 Million, a 22% Growth

Brazil's logistics operator América Latina LogÀ­stica (ALL) had a 14.7% increase in transported volume ...

Jeitinho, Brazil’s Creative Way to Break the Law and Feel Virtuous About It

American historian Robert M. Levine, director of Latin American Studies at the University of ...

Time for Brazil to Be More Than Just the World’s Farm

According to Celso Grisi, director at the Foundation Institute for Administration (FIA), Brazil has ...

Despite US Boycott Fish Export from Brazil Grows

Despite a decline in its rate of growth, due mainly to trade restrictions imposed ...

Something Wrong with Brazilian Democracy: Excessive Fraud or Intervention

The Brazilian TRE (Regional Electoral Court) strikes again! Last week, a TRE judge ordered ...

Learning Disabilities

Basic education in Brazil is in chaos. A little more than 30% of students ...