At TNC we have a clear vision for a sustainable future based on collaboration and ambition towards a transition to a world where people and nature can thrive.
This aspiration is grounded on the fact that the climate and biodiversity agendas are fundamental in the economic development of nations. This demand for a change in production and consumption patterns directly represents a great opportunity for Brazil.
Not only does the country have an important role to play in the global environmental agenda, but its future is directly linked to the environmental conservation of its natural capital and cultural heritage of its native people. There is appetite for increasing investments and growing access to international markets if the Amazon, Cerrado and Atlantic Forest, and other important biomes are protected, because nature is the basis of a country’s wealth.
That is why it is a positive and hopeful sign for Brazil, and the world, to hear the new elected president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, saying in his first speech that, “Brazil and the planet need a living Amazon,” and that therefore his government “will fight for zero deforestation in the Amazon”. We know that this is not and will not be an easy task. It requires radical collaboration and participatory public policy processes among all society, businesses, the finance sector, and other government bodies. In this effort, the incoming administration is right to strengthen indigenous and other forest dwellers leadership in the management of their lands and fostering the socio-bioeconomic agenda.
Brazil has the greatest biodiversity on the planet and plays a leading role in nature conservation and innovative and sustainable ways of land use which can contribute to its key role to the Paris Agreement as well as support its implementation of the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
Following our vision and values, committed to an open and inclusive dialogue, a high level of transparency, and applied science, TNC congratulates President Luis Inácio and commits to providing technical and scientific input, collaborating to develop, implement, disseminate and measure the necessary solutions in Brazil, and creating a more just and equitable future for all its people.
Together, we find a way.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.