Vice President says, however, that it is possible to eliminate illegal actions by 2030
The vice president, general Hamilton Mourão, guaranteed this Thursday, 16, that it is possible to end the illegal deforestation until 2030. But he admits that there is still a new path ahead. He released this week the Amazon Plan 2021/2022, which foresees a reduction in deforestation at the end of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government to the levels recorded between 2016 and 2020. The proposal, however, has been the target of criticism. “Criticism is part, but let’s remember: what is our NDC [Contribuição Nacionalmente Determinada] in relation to illegal deforestation? It is arriving in 2030 with it zeroed, so we have to go in stages. It is useless to say that I will drop what comes next in 5,000, 6,000. I take it down little by little until I get to 2030 with that zeroed. If I can do it soon, great. ”
The goals of the Brazilian government were announced on the eve of the climate meeting that takes place next week. The president Jair Bolsonaro has already confirmed his presence and has even sent a long letter to the President of the United States, Joe Biden, committing to changes in combating deforestation and reducing gas emissions. Currently, Brazil is responsible for 3% of emissions and most of the problem is related to the cutting down of forests. According to Hamilton Mourão, reducing deforestation, Brazil would already be giving its share of contribution.
In the document sent to Biden, Bolsonaro also recalls that Brazil is one of the only nations with targets for 2025 and that he intends to work hand in hand with the international community for the defense of environmental Protection and also the sustainable development. Bolsonaro stressed, however, that support is needed, Brazil will need to be paid for environmental services. In the same vein, Hamilton Mourão admitted that the resources available in the budget to contain illegal actions are limited. “We are going to work with what we have, I already commented, we have to do more with less, there is no use wanting to think that money will appear, it will not appear. We have to operate with what we have and in the most efficient way possible. ”
In the letter to Joe Biden, Bolsonaro also recalled that it is not possible to combat deforestation with only command and control measures, it is necessary to seek economic alternatives that reduce the appeal of illegal activities. This attempt at rapprochement with the United States would also have another objective, to guarantee the goodwill of the American government in the issue of Covid-19. Currently, Joe Biden’s country has doses of AstraZeneca that cannot be used in the country due to lack of registration and Brazil wants to have the chance to receive part of the immunizers.
* With information from reporter Luciana Verdolin