Brazil Tells the World How It’s Battling Desertification

Fighting desertification in the Brazilian Northeast Brazil presents today, March 16, two of its contributions for fighting permanent soil degradation. The presentation is happening during the 5th session of the Revision Committee on the Implementation of the United Nations Convention for Combating Desertification.

The first is a report on the implementation of the National Program to Combat Desertification (PAN). The second is a world map of the areas subject to desertification, as informed by the secretary of Water Resources at the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, João Bosco Senra.

Representatives of the 191 signatory countries of the UN Convention for Combating Desertification, which has been effective since 1996, are participating on the meeting, which will last until Wednesday, March 21, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The committee is in charge of assessing the way in which signatory countries implement policies against this problem.

Elaborated over the course of three years by the Ministry of Environment, the report about the PAN became an international reference, according to the secretary, mostly because it was done in a participative fashion, counting on the integration of the federal and state-level governments.

"The report presents the actions that the Brazilian government as a whole has been developing in the Semi-Arid region and in areas subject to desertification. This resulted in an improvement in the living conditions of the population, and is contributing to reduce pressure on the environment and on the process that leads to desertification," Senra explained.

The world map, in turn, outlines the profile of Brazilian regions subject to this type of degradation. These areas concentrate in the southeastern Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Espí­rito Santo, and in the nine northeastern states, which together encompass more than 1,400 municipalities undergoing a process of desertification, according to the Ministry of Environment.

"These maps are key for the country to be able to move forward in this respect. They approach aspects of environment, demography, the issue of human development, agricultural production and cattle raising, as well as extraction activities in the region," João Bosco Senra said.

According to the secretary, the main cause for desertification in Brazil is inadequate use of soil and waters, which contributes to accelerate the erosion process. According to the ministry, over 1 million people in the world live in arid and semi-arid regions, and 32 million Brazilians live in areas that might become desert.

ABr

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

US Arbortext Gets Brazilian Partner

US-basead Arbortext, Inc., a leading provider of Enterprise Publishing Software, yesterday announced it has ...

How High Interest Rates Are Killing Brazil’s Golden Eggs Goose

With a massive labor force and abundant natural resources, Brazil normally has offered a ...

Dollar Fall Scares Brazilian Industry

Exports by the Brazilian textile industry may be damaged by the depreciation of the ...

Brazil’s Meat Exports to Reach US$ 8 Billion and Surpass Soybeans as Number 1

Brazil’s foreign sales of beef, pork, and poultry are expected to reach around US$ ...

Brazilians Confident Interest Rates Will Keep Falling Fast

Private sector economists in Brazil are more optimistic about prospects for reducing the annualized ...

In Visit to Cuba Brazil President Lambastes Obama for Embargo and for Keeping Guantanamo Open

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, a communist guerrilla in her youth, who is visiting Havana ...

Germany Tries to Dump Tons of Waste Including Dirty Diapers in Brazil

The dumping of dangerous residuals in developing nations by developed countries is old hat. ...

In Brazil Work Is a Dirty Word Unless You Hold Public Office

If we define statism as an ideology which provides a preferential role for the ...

Brazil’s Chicken Exports Fall Around the World Except for Africa and Middle East

African and the Middle East were responsible for maintaining the level of Brazilian chicken ...

Brazil Has Already Exported More Than the Whole of 2003

Brazilian exports reached US$ 73.338 billion up until the second week of October, according ...