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9 the December the 2016 - Organization was invited by the Government of Mexico to present to combat deforestation initiatives that have worked in the Amazon


The Amazon was featured on Friday (09) during the 13th Conference of the Parties on Biological Diversity (COP 13), promoted by the United Nations (UN) in Cancun, not Mexico. At the invitation of the Mexican government, the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) presented environmental conservation experiences that have helped to contain deforestation in 16 Conservation Units (UC) of the State, and that has inspired environmental policies in other countries of the South, as Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Amazonians actions were highlighted in the Magistral Conference Actions for Biodiversity, side event that brought together worldwide experts to discuss the exchange of biodiversity conservation projects. The initiatives aim to meet the Aichi targets, established agreement 2010 em Nagoya, in Japan, that aim to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity on a global scale.

“Brazil is owner of the largest biodiversity on the planet, and this mega-diversity is closely linked to Amazon. The major challenge for the region is to reconcile biodiversity conservation with economic development, something that Amazon has many lessons to share”, explains the general superintendent of FAS, Virgilio Viana.

Reference Payment for Environmental Services projects (PES) no world, the Bolsa Floresta program has supported actions to generate income, improvement of quality of life and community empowerment to about 40 a thousand people, moradoras de 581 included communities 16 Conservation Units (UC) of the State, with support from the Amazon Fund / BNDES and Bradesco.

According to estimates from the National Institute for Space Research data (INPE), deforestation in protected areas of the State participating in the program was 50% lower than those who did not participate in the year 2015.

“Investing in biodiversity conservation has proved to be much more advantageous for the planet. In the Amazon, this process is much more effective if we invest in the people who live in the forest”, emphasizes the superintendent.

“There are hundreds of traditional communities whose lives have been changed since they were trained to conserve the forest, and who might have access to improved quality of life and income generation without clearing where they live”, ends.

The work done by FAS in the Amazon was also featured on the panel “financial instruments to strengthen the capacity of environmental authorities in Latin America. Federalism, decentralization and governance”, event held in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.


The conference takes place between 02 until 17 December, in Cancun, not Mexico, and should bring together about 10 thousand participants, among country delegations, international organizations and civil society to negotiate agreements which has the aim to boost the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and the implementation of the Biodiversity Strategic Plan 2011-2020, as Aichi.

Assembled in five strategic objectives, as 20 Aichi targets are part of an agreement reached at COP 10, held in 2010 em Nagoya, in Japan, and are part of the UN strategy for biodiversity management and policy development between countries. The protocol was signed by 193 countries of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, who have committed to work together in the implementation to 2020.