Environmental conservation must be a commitment of all

25 de October de 2018, por em Sustainability
Environmental conservation must be a commitment of all

Foto: Corália Elias – álbum Cataratas dos Couros, Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás

In the midst of the presidential race, historically, we have followed guidelines linked to environmental conservation placed in the background. The result of this stance are inoperative mandates regarding the gradual and uninterrupted degradation of our forests and natural resources. We need the elected candidates, both in the Executive and in the Legislative, to make real commitments to the preservation of our biodiversity, even though promises related to the environment do not attract so many votes.

New lenses and a critical eye on our incomparable biodiversity – Atlantic Forest, Amazon, Cerrado, Pampa, coastal and marine environments … – show how the conservation of our biomes is vital for the development of the country and for the well-being of the population . What would all sectors of the economy and our cities lack abundant and clean water, productive soils and natural resources? Preserved green and coastal areas guarantee us also tourist attractions, balanced climate and quality air.

Biosphere – Our rulers and all Brazilians need to realize that our green capital supports and supports other activities, be they economic or social. Among the 17 sustainable development goals proposed by the United Nations to transform the world by 2030, the four related to the protection and conservation of the biosphere are essential to reach others, such as ending hunger, ensuring healthy living for the population and enabling growth economic. Without the sustainable use of natural resources, the negative impacts of the ecosystem imbalance will be amplified.

Proposals – Feasible commitments for the next four years – proposed in letters prepared for the presidents of SOS Mata Atlântica and the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development, for example – include: the implementation of economic, fiscal and tax incentives for maintenance and regeneration of native vegetation in private real estate; ensuring qualified public use in at least half of national parks, strengthening public institutions and promoting concessions for services, tourism and other sustainable businesses; increased use of renewable energy sources; greater control and monitoring to clear deforestation; and the protection of at least 10% of the different coastal and marine ecosystems – such as mangroves, restingas and corals – from the creation of conservation units for the conservation of biodiversity.

These proposals are possible and the responsibility lies not only on the public power. Organized civil society, the private sector and universities also have a role to play in this process and should be open to partnerships and qualified projects.

Together with other entities and in direct contact with public actors, we know that the challenges to conserve the natural heritage are great, urgent and of all Brazilians. Networking and networking becomes vital.

Malu Nunes
Executive Director of the Boticário Group Foundation for Protection of Nature