Acre begins operation to combat fires and deforestation

Acre begins operation to combat fires and deforestation
Acre begins operation to combat fires and deforestation
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Published on 02/04/2024 08:46

Aiming at environmental protection, the State government, through the State Secretariat of Justice and Public Security of Acre (Sejusp), carried out on the morning of this Monday, the 1st, the launch of the Protector of Biomes operation, at the Police Environmental Battalion Military, in Rio Branco.

The operation, initiated by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, is carried out throughout the year and aims to combat occurrences of illegal deforestation, forest fires, burning, processes of devastation, degradation and environmental crimes, in the six Brazilian biomes – Amazon, Cerrado, Pantanal, Caatinga, Atlantic Forest and Pampa.

The deputy secretary of Public Security, Colonel Evandro Bezerra, highlights that the department is the body that adopts federal policies, and that environmental issues are part of this process: “We have two specific actions, one launched today by the Environmental Battalion, with intervention and protection, and also command and control, which aims to act against fires. We hope that these actions will be positive to maintain the numbers achieved last year, which was a significant reduction at a national level.”

The head of the Environment Secretariat (Sema), Julie Messias, explains that her department coordinates the actions. “We have significant results in terms of reducing environmental crimes. The integration of the Environmental and Public Security System, from federal, municipal and state entities, has been fundamental. It is preventative and combative work against all types of environmental and other related crimes”, he explains. The commander of the Environmental Battalion, Lieutenant Kleisson Albuquerque, informs that the operation is an integrated action between the forces to optimize resources and activity: “ We operate in the criminal sphere, in partnership with the Military Police and Gefron [Grupo Especial em Fronteira]”.

The environmental operation also includes the participation of the Acre Environment Institute (Imac), the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources Institute (Ibama) and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio).

Last year, joint actions resulted in a 74% reduction in deforestation alerts and a 45% reduction in fire outbreaks.

[Agência de Notícias do Acre]

The article is in Portuguese

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