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Environment COP26: AM participation guarantees international investments and increase of Bolsa Floresta

Marcela Leiros – Cenarium Magazine

MANAUS – The Secretary of Environment of the State of Amazonas, Eduardo Taveira, spoke this Thursday, 11, about the commitment signed by the State with the World Bank, which will benefit state actions such as the Bolsa Floresta Program. To CENARIUM, Taveira also explained a balance of the State’s participation in the 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26), in which he represented the governor of Amazonas, Wilson Lima.

“Wilson Lima has just signed a loan transaction with the World Bank, and one of the conditionals of this loan are environmental commitments that the state government presented, including one of them was the increase of the [Bolsa Floresta Program]. Until next year the governor will make an announcement about the Bolsa Floresta, which we are calling Bolsa Floresta +, as an effective reward for residents of traditional communities, indigenous and riverine peoples, who take care of the forest, to be compensated with this initiative”, explained Taveira. The secretary of Sema didn’t talk about values, but said that the results of the trip to the COP26 were satisfactory, in a trip that he considered as “mission accomplished”.

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The recognition of the Amazon and other States from the Brazilian Legal Amazon in the confrontation with environmental crimes was highlighted in the international event, which takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, until this Friday, 12th. Taveira pointed out how important it is that Amazonas, because of its climate agenda, be represented in these places of debate.

“Governor Wilson Lima has been insisting that we find solutions so that the standing forest and forest management can also generate wealth, so that the indigenous and riverside populations can also rise, and overcome poverty, which is still prevalent in our region”, he said.

The Secretary of Environment of Amazonas, Eduardo Taveira, gave an interview to Cenarium Magazine this Thursday, 11th. (Ricardo Oliveira/Cenarium Magazine)

Financing

The development of public policies for the reduction of gas emissions and the confrontation with climate change carried out by Amazonas, along with the presence of the State at COP26, still brings visibility and increases the possibility of investments and financing from large companies in environmental projects.

“We saw a great opportunity, especially companies from the energy sector that looked for the State of Amazonas to know how we can, based on the reduction results that we have, be rewarded and be able to expand the payment of the Forest Allowance Program, including the expansion of the allowance value and the number of people benefited”, defended the State Secretary of Environment.

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“On the other hand, investors know that the Government of Amazonas has invested in the combat of these illegalities [the environmental crimes], it has also invested in productive chains. They are willing to finance this transition scenario and put resources that we call Reddness, as if they were commitments made until the State can reformulate with new carbon credits”, he also emphasized.

Challenges

Among the challenges faced by the state government, Eduardo Taveira points out two situations centered in the south of Amazonas, with the advance of illegal deforestation in the state’s border with Pará, Rondônia and Mato Grosso.

“We have a very peculiar condition in the south of the state, that 90% of the area are federal areas, whether they are plots, settlements, conservation units… we really need Incra [the National Institute for Settlement and Agrarian Reform] to establish a land regularization process in that location, so that we can monitor and supervise better”, said Taveira.

“But Amazonas already has an effective work, we have increased the hiring of environmental technical assistance, the Secretary of Rural Production has been engaged to provide guidance to producers so that there is an increase in productivity, with a reduction in environmental impact”, concluded the secretary.