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Side Event


Ministry of Environment of Brazil

Date and Time
22 October 2010 18:15 - 19:45

Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10)

To understand that protected areas are necessarily to be "untouched" is overpast. Most of the soil uses and natural resources exploitation allowed in brazilian conservation units - a type of protected area - suppose and enable those activities that contribute to the income and employment generation and increase quality of life, acting as developing inductor, without causing any harm to environment. The article 8 of CBD points out that every part should "promote environmentally sound and sustainable development in areas adjacent to protected areas with a view to furthering protection of these areas". In this sense, the Ministry of Environment of Brazil, together with UNEP-WCMC, are working on a research of assessment of potential values of conservation units of Brazil for the national and local economy, focusing on the following themes: carbon, water, public uses, compensation taxes and forest goods. The mentioned research is trying to fill an existing information gap that might help to subsidize the formulation of such a policy that will attempt to reach the objective 3.4 of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA), which is "to ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas". The concept of this side event is to share the Brazilian experience by presenting a general viewpoint of the research, with description of the used methodology and the preliminary results considering 2 (two) scenarios: Business as Usual (BAU), corresponding to the current implementation degree; and a conservation units consolidation scenario.