The SEMA-MT team visited, together with the Seamdesc and Imasul team, the Aytã Veterinary Hospital, from CRAS considered a reference in the country – (Photo: Afrânio Pissini)
The States of Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso will establish joint actions and public policies to deal with the Pantanal Biome. The decision was taken yesterday (1st) during a meeting between the Secretary of the Environment of Mato Grosso (SEMA-MT), Mauren Lazzaretti and Secretary Jaime Verruck, from the Secretariat of Environment, Development, Science, Technology and Innovation (Semadesc).
Maureen came to align actions with the Government of Mato Grosso do Sul and discuss issues of relevance to both states, mainly in aligning strategies for the Pantanal Law, Integrated Fire Management (joint actions) and the Pantanal Biosphere.
In the morning, accompanied by the director-president of Imasul, André Borges, she visited the Aytā Veterinary Hospital of CRAS- Centro de Reabilitaçāo de Animais. Then she visited Bioparque Pantanal, the largest freshwater aquarium in the world. The idea, according to the secretary of Mato Grosso, is to adopt the veterinary hospital model to be developed in the neighboring state. Also participating in the visit were Éder Toledo, Fauna coordinator at SEMA-MT, and Environmental Analyst, Waldo Troy.
In the afternoon, Maureen was received by Secretary Jaime Verruck at the State Government’s reception to discuss actions on the Pantanal Law. “As a result of the meeting, we can first highlight the understanding of the two states aligned with the governors, to establish joint actions for the Pantanal Biome treaty. Today the states have their laws for the Pantanal. So there is legal coverage on both sides for this, but it also implies that we have to advance in understanding that it is a single biome and we need to think about integrated actions”, she highlighted.
To this end, it was decided that Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso will enter into a Technical Cooperation Agreement (ACT) that will cover the entire issue of research development in the Pantanal, joint actions for integrated fire management and combating forest fires both in prevention as well as action, integration of programs to encourage tourism and the promotion of sustainable and organic livestock farming and inclusive development of local communities such as settlers, indigenous people and quilombolas.
“We understand that the Pantanal has this tourist appeal, but there is also a whole issue of a different production process and consequently the market in relation to the vocation for livestock farming”, highlighted the head of Semadesc.
During the meeting, the secretaries made a joint assessment of all points of the federal law, the Pantanal Law. “Today there is already a proposal for federal law and we have started to evaluate it based on our state laws to format a proposal for federal legislation. We have two weeks to advance the Technical Cooperation Agreement, so that our governors can sign this signature in one act, targeting the Pantanal Biome
The MT secretary defended, in addition to an integrated management plan between the two states to combat forestry, that actions be taken to monitor fauna and rescue wild animals. “This already connects with our exchange that we will do with CRAS”, she stated.
Still at the meeting, the secretaries defended the position of the Brazilian Association of Environmental Entities (ABEMA) in relation to the judgment in the Federal Supreme Court that deals with the Ecological Identity criterion and directly impacts the Forest Code.
“Abema has a very clear opinion, and we have the same understanding that establishing ecological criteria in environmental compensation mechanisms is an important improvement in legislation, but it is a decision that establishes the criterion of ecological identity for all Legal Reserve compensation mechanisms, without properly modulating the effects of the decision and this could have a series of impacts on the implementation of the Forest Code, a decade after its implementation”, concluded Jaime Verruck.