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Arnoldo Santos – from Cenarium Magazine

MANAUS – Before arriving in Glasgow, headquarters of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), part of the Amazonas delegation went to Germany as a member of the Governors Task Force for Climate and Forests (GCF). Representing Governor Wilson Lima, the Secretary of the Environment, Eduardo Taveira, shared challenges and opportunities faced by the states for low emission development and learned about funding perspectives. The Amazon presence in these international events shows the consolidated protagonism of the State in the international scenario.

“Among other objectives, the agendas are also part of the mobilization of the Task Force in the construction of the Manaus Action Plan, which will define the sustainable development agenda for the next years in 33 states, from countries of the five continents, which have the same challenges as Amazonas. Which are overcoming poverty, growing economically and conserving natural resources at the same speed”, said Eduardo Taveira in his personal profile in a social network.

Potential partners, such as the German Development Bank, KFW Bankengruppe, heard from the visitors about experiences in their respective countries. In short, everyone wants to get money in exchange for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, the world’s biggest environmental concern in the last 50 years. The team also went into the field to see the work of Germany’s Forest Management Service. “The commitment among generations of Germans to recover forests is impressive. It is worth mentioning that part of this advance has been given by the concession and management of forests and, in particular, by the long-term planning that defines the use of practically all the territory”, said the secretary of the State Department of Environment (Sema).

Amazonas has a great argument: the percentage of forest that remains standing. Currently, the largest state of the Federation, with 1.5 million square kilometers, has 98% of its territory preserved. “This result was only possible thanks to the effort of the Government of Amazonas, through Sema, our State REDD system, enabling new ways to finance an economy based on the standing forest”, evaluates Taveria.

The Secretary of the Environment, Eduardo Taveira. (Divulgation/Sema)

REDD is a financial compensation mechanism, given to developing countries as a way to reward actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The practice, created by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also includes compensation for the conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests and increase of forest carbon stocks.

This Thursday, the 4th, the Amazon enters for real in the COP26 program, in a presential way. News about the event can be found on the CENARIUM website and social networks.