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Santander Brazil and The Nature Conservancy debate on the development of the Amazon

On Amazon Day, participants will discuss ways to promote cooperation between different sectors and systemic visions for a sustainable and inclusive future of the biome.

São Paulo, September 1st, 2017 - The international bank with the largest presence in Brazil and the largest environmental organization in the world decided to join efforts to promote the socio-economic development of the world's largest tropical forest. The result of the partnership is the event "The Tomorrow of the Amazon is Today", which Santander Brasil and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will hold on September 5th, Amazon Day, at the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

In the agenda are themes such as the assessment of social and environmental costs of infrastructure projects in the forest area and the responsibility of those who finance these works. The president of Santander Brasil, Sérgio Rial, and the executive director of TNC Brasil, Antonio Werneck, will host guests such as intellectual Juan Carlos Castilla-Rubio, member of the Global Council of Natural Resources of the World Economic Forum, the president of Ibama, Sueli Araújo, and representatives of agribusiness and indigenous communities.

According to Sérgio Rial, "the great value of the Amazon will no longer be in the commodities produced today, but in the biological assets of the region that will help transform the energy, water, food and health industries, among others". According to the executive, until today two antagonistic paradigms have been operated: the total and unrestricted conservation or the exploitation by means of the transformation of the forest into commodity. "We can open totally new and high value-added markets, benefiting not only the local populations, but also Brazil and the rest of the world. We want to start a movement to build a shared vision about the future of the Amazon."  This is also the focus of the Latin American Conservation Council (LACC), of which Sérgio Rial is an active member, and has supported large-scale conservation initiatives in the Latin American region.

"The conservation and sustainable development of the Amazon biome are vital to achieve socioeconomic balance, and this will only be possible if we work in a systemic way in cooperation between indigenous peoples, business environment, governments and communities. That is why we create the debate, because only working in an integrated way we will be able to achieve a positive, transformational change in our society ", emphasizes Antonio Werneck.

TNC will present, at the event, a case study on the Tapajós Basin, which proposes the construction of an environmental and territorial vision for the future of the region. The proposal emphasizes the importance of water resources as a central element in the territorial planning of the region and the need for the multiple projects planned for this area to be viewed together, and not alone, since their impacts are cumulative. The study should facilitate the construction of a qualified process of discussion and engagement of society and decision makers in order to achieve a balance between economic development, social well-being and conservation.