This wednesday I had the chance to participate in the opening cerimony of Viva the Atlantic Forest – an annual event held by “SOS MATA ATLÂNTICA” that aims catching people´s attention to the importance of preserving Atlantic forest.
Nowadays there´s only 30% of remanaining Atlantic Forest in Rio de Janeiro due to the urbanization sprawl.
At the cerimony I met important environment representatives, such as some states environment secretaries and people from NGOs. The first authority who spoke was our environment minister, miss Izabella Teixeira.
She said she´ll keep trying to ratify Nagoya Protocol, which is really important since we have the biggest biodiversity in the world. It´s not possible anymore to have our animals and plants treated without any control. As you may know, last year our congress didn´t vote the Protocol that sets international rules to access and share of natural resources – a remarkable sign of what our congressmen think about our nature, that is, they don´t give it the importance it should have.
Despite that, our minister seemed to be very sure of her convictions and I believe in her. I believe she´ll fight for that.
The Rural Environmental Registration
Another point that caught my attention was when she talked about the Rural Environmental Registration that was created in 2012 and since then intends to identify the properties and lands across the country. It already has 196 million registrations and the goal is to achieve 100% of our territory until 2017. Yes, it is an important measure, especially when we talk about deforastion. But it´s exactly in this subject that we need to make bigger efforts. Once I wrote a story about a system that was developed here to supervise the woods cut. It´s named SISFLORA. The problem is that the system is easily defrauded by loggers since they need to write there the volume they out down in the forests, so, they put a smaller number than it really this. Just by doing this, millons of hectares have desappeared. The most shocking thing is that after the story being published, this scheme wasn´t reprimanded, which indicates that people from government may be involved in Brazilian deforastion.
Heading to the end of the cerimony, our minister talked briefly about our shore natural resources. She promised to double the protected areas in our shore and enlarge the reserve areas. It´s certainly another important point regarding Brazilian environment. In Rio de Janeiro there has been a great concerning about the pollution of Baía da Guanabara, mainly because the Olympic Games are coming and our government has become aware that won´t be able to clean up the bay. It will certainly be a spot in our image, mainly if competitors have to cope with garbage in the water during the competition. Bad for them, worse for our population that has to cope with it daily. Some weeks ago, our environment secretary, jumped in the bay to prove the water is not polluted and became the joke of the year since he did that in one part of the bay and that´s fairly well-known how sick is our bay. Our minister remembered that episode and sent him a message “André, that was the joke of the year”. I truly hope our government do as much as possible to solve our Bay´s problem instead of jumping in and out to get some publicity.