In Davos, Marina reaffirms the government’s commitment to zero deforestation


The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Marina Silva (Rede), was applauded at the opening panel of the Open Forum in Davos this Monday (16th) when she declared that the third Lula government is committed to “zero deforestation, protection of indigenous peoples, democracy and sustainability”.

“There is great expectation in relation to Brazil, which has always contributed to important sustainability agendas. Unfortunately, in the last four years, we have become pariahs”, said the Brazilian in the panel entitled “In Harmony with Nature”, which she shared with personalities such as Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President of the Association of Women and Indigenous Peoples of Chad.

The minister guaranteed that “sustainability will not be a sectorial policy, but a transversal one, covering energy, industry, mobility policies, across all sectors”. “That’s what will make the difference: acting in all dimensions. But this is not magic, nor does it happen overnight”, she added.

Before taking the stage, Marina had a bilateral meeting with Ilan Goldfajn, president of the BID (Inter-American Development Bank). She left the meeting excited about the investment possibilities.

“There is a very large opening for cooperation with Brazil at this time when there is a resumption of Brazilian protagonism in the global environmental agenda”, he said. “Obviously, partners are emerging. Whether it’s in relation to multilateral funding agencies, whether it’s governments, whether it’s philanthropy or through partnerships in the field of technological innovation.”

When listing the range of possibilities, the minister said that agility is needed to take advantage of these opportunities that are emerging since COP27, in Egypt, and now in Davos.

The expansion of the Amazon Fund is an example. “We are acting on several fronts. With governments, expanding beyond Germany and Norway. We have had many conversations, as I had at the COP, which opened a range in relation to Spain, Canada, Japan and several other countries.”

Marina also mentioned the path of global philanthropy to attract more investments to the Amazon. “A group of philanthropic institutions that want to invest in the Amazon Fund is already being organized,” she said.

To attract investment, the speech is unique. “The message I bring is from President Lula in his campaign speech, in his victory speech, in his speech in Egypt at COP27, in Congress and going up the ramp with Brazilian society: it is the fight against inequality, strengthening democracy, creating a new cycle of prosperity with economic, social, environmental and political sustainability”, he says.

Regarding the receptivity to Brazil in this edition of the World Economic Forum, Marina paraphrased President Lula, when he stated that “Brazil is back”.

“The world missed this Brazil that was able to reduce its CO2 emissionstwo, preventing more than 5 billion tons from being released into the atmosphere; of Brazil which was responsible for 80% of the protected areas created in the world from 2003 to 2008″, he enumerated.

The climate issue, according to her, is at the highest level of the government’s priorities. “Like the issue of combating deforestation, which is our biggest vector of carbon emissions. As well as confronting criminal mining on the lands of Brazilian indigenous populations.”

In the panel where panelists were invited to talk about actions to promote a positive lifestyle to restore the health of the planet and protect the well-being of future generations, the audience asked questions about Marina’s commitment as a member of the government.

“Sustainability is not only environmental, but also social”, replied Marina, recalling that Brazil was once again featured on the Hunger Map. “We already have the technique to change the world we live in, we lack political and ethical decision.”

When asked how she intends to build bridges with science and technology, the minister made reference to the denialist government of Jair Bolsonaro in relation to the pandemic and deforestation. “We had more than 700,000 deaths from Covid-19, in addition to destruction in the Amazon”, she highlighted.

And he closed his speech by praising the knowledge of indigenous peoples. “There is no single science. We need a dialogue of knowledge.”

In her opening speech, the Brazilian highlighted her origin, as the daughter of latex extractivists. “The forest has always been a place of learning, inspiration and connection”, she said, recalling that “everything that exists in nature has the purpose of promoting and sustaining our fragile life”.

The Planeta em Transe project is supported by the Open Society Foundations.

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