New state government and research institutions dialogue to develop bio-economy in the Amazon

17 the December the 2018 - Seminar organized by the IDB in Manaus brings together representatives of higher education institutions, fostering research and new government of Amazonas to design joint development strategies

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Unlock the bioeconomy and develop the Amazon through its biodiversity assets is the agenda of the meeting between various institutions of the academic segment, environmental and government, What happens between now (17) it's tomorrow (18) at the headquarters of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), Rua Álvaro Braga, 351, Park 10 November.

The "International Seminar Bioeconomy and Green Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean", a realization of the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) in partnership with FAS, Support Fund to the Amazonas State Research (Fapeam) and Government of Amazonas met rectors, future CEOs and owners of strategic folders state to discuss the future of the bioeconomy and biotechnology in an integrated manner region.

The opening ceremony was attended by the elected vice governor of Amazonas, public defender Carlos Almeida; the general superintendent of FAS, Virgilio Viana; IDB Representative in Brazil, Hugo Florez; and future Amazon education secretaries, State Representative Luiz Castro (Network), rural production, Petrucio Magalhães, and environmental, Eduardo Taveira. In addition they also present the dean of the University of the State of Amazonas (UEA), Cleinaldo Costa, the director of the Foundation for the Amazonas State Research (Fapeam), Edson Barcelos, and the rector of the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM), Sylvio Puga.

The meeting comes at a strategic moment for the state, which includes the uncertainties about the development model of the Manaus Free Trade Zone (ZFM), the new state building agenda by the new government and the announcement of the new management of the Amazon Biotechnology Center (CBA). For the general superintendent of FAS, Virgilio Viana, the time is ripe to build a collaborative agenda for sustainable development of the region.

"Our goal is to build a collaborative agenda between institutions of Amazon and organizations such as the IDB, to stimulate the development of the bio-economy as an economic alternative needed for the Manaus Free Trade Zone. The Amazon has important economic possibilities from biodiversity, and our goal is to develop valuing standing forests and forest peoples ", declares.

The IDB representative in Brazil, Hugo Florez, He stressed the importance of forming regional alliances for the development of the state. The bank has an interest in supporting such actions, provided they are in line with the conservation of the Amazon forest and upgrading of traditional populations, strategic areas under discussion for the future of their actions.

"The IDB sees as very promising alignment of such important institutions for the Amazon. The bio-economy is certainly a thriving subject to local regional development and our interest is to add in the process, supporting, promoting and encouraging dialogue between promoters partner organizations such important initiatives ", emphasized.

second Flórez, the bank intends to contribute to the construction of an integrated strategic development plan with all the important axes for the state, that ranges from topics such as education, infrastructure, economy and fiscal health, besides encouraging the promotion of private investment. "The actions require the active participation of the private sector, always dialoguing with research institutes, universities, government", defends Hugo.

Edson Barcelos, the Fapeam, dialogue between institutions is essential to put into practice the CBA, along with support from other funders. "The alliance has emerged that need to do to advance the bio-economy status, and why the IDB's support will be essential to put the agenda in motion ", out.


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Entre as instituições estaduais e federais de ensino superior que participaram da discussão no evento estão organismos acadêmicos e instituições locais que também integram a Aliança de Bioeconomia da Amazônia (Abio), futura gestora do Centro de Biotecnologia da Amazônia (CBA).

Para o reitor da UEA, a agenda de bioeconomia e a articulação com o BID são oportunidades de fortalecimento das organizações locais, promovendo a formação de conhecimento e competências por meio da valorização da biodiversidade.

"We started building the institutional discussions with UFAM and other institutions because we believe that the development agenda must have the participation of key institutions for sustainable development in the Amazon. Only adding our scientific education with practical applications and to revert to forest conservation, It is that we will create a strong development model ", highlights the rector.

The UFAM understands that the bio-economy should occupy a very important role in the state's economy in the future. The rector Sylvio Puga highlighted the role of the university by the new management of the Amazon Biotechnology Center (CBA), as the key to economic and scientific development of the region.

"We hope to use all our labs and intelligences, through our doctors and teachers, to develop products that are demanded by society and market, creating a positive link between scientific knowledge and regional development ", Puga highlights.

New government allied to economic and environmental sustainability

For the vice-governor future, defender Carlos Almeida, environmental and economic sustainability of the Amazon interior will be the mainstays of the new government, with special focus on logistics integration that supports the development of sustainable productive activities. For this, he said, the government will issue, by the institutions like the IDB, montar estratégias voltadas ao desenvolvimento regional de longo prazo que contribuam para manter a floresta em pé.

“Nossa gestão não vai ser paternalista. O molde principal de desenvolvimento do Amazonas vai ser o estado fomentador. Nós queremos junto a parceiros como as instituições de bioeconomia, as universidades, o BID, construir uma estratégia voltada ao desenvolvimento ribeirinho de fato, promovendo soluções para o zoneamento, escoamento e dando oportunidades para que a bioeconomia faça parte do desenvolvimento dos municípios do interior do estado”, sinalizou Carlos.

Em fala voltada aos novos secretários, Carlos Almeida emphasized that the new owners leave the event with the challenge of building an inclusive development agenda focused on the bioeconomy. "The departments of environment and rural production will have the challenge of building a positive and integrated strategy for the bio-economy, where sustainability is at the center, by the prosperity of coastal families of the interior ", said.

For the future secretary of education, State Representative Luiz Castro, the approach of the new government with the bio-economy agenda is important for the new moment that the state will live in the coming years. The idea is to build a participatory and open agenda to various institutions.

“We want to take this time to build a participatory agenda between government, educational institutions, research and companies. The government will participate and contribute to the strengthening of the bio-economy, with strong participation of Amazonian active in the development of the Amazon, as a strengthening strategy of sustainable economic matrix”, out.