In a meeting with members of the European Union, FAS highlights global importance of the Amazon

21 of October of 2014 - Durante encontro na Suframa, FAS CEO, Virgilio Viana, ressaltou a importância da Zona Franca para a conservação das florestas

European Commission was in the Amazon earlier this week | Photo: Communication / FAS

The conservation of biodiversity in the Amazon from Manaus Free Trade Zone model (ZFM) It was the theme of the presentation of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) to a committee formed by members of the European Union and professionals of the Brazilian Agency for Export and Investment Promotion (Apex-Brasil). The meeting took place on Monday (20) in the auditorium of the Superintendency of the Manaus Free Trade Zone (Suframa), South of Manaus.

They attended the meeting the general oversight of FAS, Virgilio Viana, scientific and technical, Eduardo Taveira, Superintendent Suframa, Thomaz Nogueira, Secretary of State Planning (Seplan), Airton Claudino, and the rector of the University of the State of Amazonas (UEA), Cleinaldo Costa.

During the presentation, Virgil highlighted the importance of the Amazon conservation to global climate balance, which is the main source of water supply in Brazil and the world. For ele, contestation of the ZFM model can not only be seen as a trade issue, since the United Nations (UN) recognizes the importance of this ecosystem on a global scale.

“We need to look in the light of the UN and the European Union itself are about to sign, in September 2015, with the objectives of sustainable development. It would be an absolute incoherence the European Union go to a mechanism that is in favor of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDSN), it will be a signatory in September 2015 the UN General Assembly”, said.

Virgil also pointed out that the commitments of the European Union climate change should not be restricted to the mitigation of climate change, but also the resulting adaptation of this process.

“The debt that the European Union has to do only with the mitigation of climate effects, but also to the adaptation. We come from a very important meeting of the UN, that was set with the Secretary General of the importance of preparing for drought and increasingly stringent flood “, finalizou o superintendente.