For a standing forest – 09/09/2021 – Opinion

About a month ago, there was a meeting of Amazon governors with the administration of the US president, Joe Biden, to address an issue that is sensitive to the international community: the felling of forests and the consequences for the global climate. And we have great news on the topic.

First, it is essential to remember that Pará has 1.248 million square kilometers, an area larger than the Brazilian Southeast or the entire Colombian territory; and that, often, only with satellites it is possible to locate a stretch where illegal deforestation is taking place — and, even so, it takes two to three days to reach the precise point.

More: about 70% of the territory of Pará is federal land, where illegal deforestation has increased and over which the state of Pará has no interference.

Despite this, Pará’s public policies are for real, and very expressive results are already appearing: deforestation in state areas fell 39% in August 2021 compared to August 2020 — this index corresponds to 76 square kilometers (area greater than hundreds of Brazilian municipalities)—; this year, the number of state inspectors in the fight against illegal deforestation increased 100 times; and, still in 2021, 243,324 hectares of areas with illegal deforestation were seized and 9,356 cubic meters of clandestinely extracted wood, 299 chainsaws and 154 vehicles were seized, including tractors, loaders and excavators.

Pará was the first state in the Amazon to adhere to the UN proposal to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Our objective is to seek sustainable development alternatives, in addition to the carbonized economy.

Defending the Amazon is a popular slogan on the planet, and as a symbol of this struggle, the expression “standing forest” was coined.

But how much does it cost to defend a forest? It is fair that the farmer or rural producer, who maintains their regular economic activities and protects the standing forest, is remunerated for this. The implementation and dissemination of the bioeconomy is a duty of the State.

An example: a steel mill in Europe that operates in the conventional way and, therefore, pollutes the atmosphere, can acquire carbon credits from farmers in Pará and thus regularize its operations and sponsor the maintenance of a stretch of Amazon forest. In a legal and transparent way.

In the international context, Pará participates in events that seek a consensus for the implementation of appropriate practices for management, maintenance and sustainable economic development in the Amazon. It is urgent to combine the regular economic activities of the Amazons and the uncompromising defense of the forest — our standing forest.

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