Brazil’s Push to Protect Biodiversity Involves Indians and Slaves Descendants

The purpose of the commission created last week, as part of the Week of the Environment, to coordinate Brazil’s National Strategic Plan for Protected Areas is to formulate strategies aimed at protecting lands belonging to Indians and descendants of runaway slaves ("quilombolas").

The idea is to organize an integrated action involving the three branches of government, together with environmentalists, social movements, and entrepreneurs, the Ministry of Environment’s secretary of Forest Biodiversity, João Capobianco, told the TV Nacional yesterday, June 13.

Capobianco affirmed that the commission plans to launch a collective effort in Brazil to get the protected areas – national parks, ecological stations, indigenous territories, and quilombola areas – to play their role in protecting biodiversity.

"This integrated effort is the way for us to advance most quickly."

According to the secretary, the creation of the plan represents an innovation, because previous debates concerning the protection of biodiversity were focused exclusively on environmental reserves.

The new initiative is permanent, he says, and determines goals to be achieved by the 188 signatory countries by 2010.

"By 2010 Brazil hopes to offer the world not a solution to the problem, which cannot be resolved all at once, but a demonstration of concrete steps that diminish the enormous loss of biodiversity in the country."




You May Also Like

Brazil and Chile Discuss Human Rights

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is in Chile to discuss accords in the ...

Brazil: A TV Feud of Two Beers

Zeca Pagodinho, one of Brazil’s most popular singers, is in the middle of a ...

Bush Administration Loses Case Against Brazilian Church in the Supreme Court

Americans United for Separation of Church and State lauded Tuesday’s, February 21, U.S. Supreme ...

Brazil Worried International NGO’s Want to Take Over the Amazon

The 10th National Conference of State Legislatures, which began in Brazil Wednesday, May 17, and ...

Stroke Takes Brazilian Maestro Moacir Santos Away

Brazilian composer and arranger Moacir Santos died Sunday, August 6, in Los Angeles where ...

Global Crisis Draws Brazilian Beef Producers to Arab World

For the Brazilian Beef Industry and Exporters Association (Abiec), the  Arab market is arising ...

Duduka da Fonseca and Hélio Alves's Songs from the Last Century

Duduka and Alves: a Brazilian Musical Team’s Delight of Discovery

Sometimes two musicians mesh with such stunning results that listeners feel the artists have ...

Youth Maze

Who is the Brazilian teenager? He/she is passionate and apathetic, abstemious and drug-addicted, criminal ...

Ze Arigo and Doctor Puharich in 1963, in Brazil

Brazil’s Healers Operate On With Knifes and No Anesthetics

Medical expert commissions from different countries have been  coming to Brazil for several decades. ...

Brazil’s Petrobras Spreads the Riches and Boosts Small Businesses

For a little over three years now, more than 2,000 micro and small businesses ...