Communication, Education & Public Awareness


Esplanada dos Ministérios, Bloco “B” – 7º andar – 70068-900 – Brasília/DF
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09:30 - Venue: Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce

Release of the Non-Exhaustive List of Names Associated with the Customary Use of Biodiversity in Brazil

A joint initiative of the Interministerial Working Group on Intellectual Property. There will be a press conference at 09:30 at the Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce with representatives of the Ministries of Environment, Foreign Affairs and Development, Industry and Commerce. The list will be transmitted to patent offices worldwide with a view to preventing the granting of patents and trademarks involving the unlawful use of names of components of Brazilian biodiversity, such as ocurred in the case of cupuaçu. Access to this list will provide patent offices with the information necessary to refuse such applications. 

11:00 - Venue: Ministry of the Environment

Presentation of the public opinion survey “What Brazilians think about biodiversity” carried out by Dr. Samira Crespo on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment.

Press conference

15:30 - Venue: Palácio do Planalto (Presidency of the Republic)

Messages from the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan and the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ahmed Djoghlaf
Address by the Minister of State for the Environment, Marina Silva
Address by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Celso Amorim
Address by the President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Signing Ceremonies:

Launch of Brazilian priorities for the presidency of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD during the inter-sessional period to COP-9;
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, with the participation of the Minister of State for Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Roberto Rodrigues and the Representative of FAO in Brazil, José Carlos Turbino

Launch of the Brazilian Initiative for Zero Extictions, in partnership with civil society;

Memorandum of Understanding on Brazilian participation in the Ten Nations Initiative of the Global Invasive Species Parogramme (GISP);

Acts establishing two new Extractive Reserves in the Brazilian Amazon.

Ratification of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

Press conference

18:30 - Venue  – Auditorium and Exhibition Room of the Ministry of Culture

Exhibition of photographs of the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-8) and the third Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP-3)

Launch of publications by the Secretariat of Biodiversity and Forests of the Ministry of the Environment by the Secretary, João Paulo Capobianco


Booklet summarising the results of COP-8 and MOP-3
Third National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Guidelines and Priorities for the Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Biodiversity Policy (PAN-Bio)
Biological Diversity and the Conservation of the Atlantic Forest North of the Rio São Francisco
Wild Relatives of Species of Cultivated Plants
Governmental Initiative on Biodiversity, Food and Nutrition
Global Biodiversity Outlook 2
(all publications in Portuguese)

Launch of the book “Avaliação do Conhecimento da Biodiversidade Brasileira” (Assessment of Knowledge of Brazilian Biodiversity) by Thomas Lewinsohn

Presentation of the publications: “Analysis of the Varieties of the Biodiversity of the Caatinga Biome: support for regional biodiversity conservation strategies", "Biodiversity and Conservation of the Chapada Diamantina” and “Protected Areas and Corridors for Resolving Problems in the Caatinga and Cerrado Biomes” (all in Portuguese) by Francisco Campello

Distribution of publications

Invited participants: President Lula; Minister Marina Silva; Minister of Foreign Affairs; other Ministers of State; Members of the Federal Senate and the Chamber of Deputies; President of the Federal Environment Agency (IBAMA); directors and technical staff of the federal ministries and agencies; representative of the United Nations Environment Programme; representatives of other United Nations programmes and agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations embaixadores, and private sector bodies; members of the National Environment Council (CONAMA), the National Biodiversity Committee (CONABIO), the National Forum on Protected Areas, the National Programme to Combat Desertification, partners in the PROBIO project, and the press.