Government presents actions for the prevention and rational use of fire in the Pantanal in a forum held by Sebrae and IDB

The State Government, through Semagro (Secretariat for the Environment, Economic Development, Production and Family Agriculture), Imasul (Environment Institute of Mato Grosso do Sul) and the Military Fire Department presented awareness, prevention and and fire fighting in the Pantanal, as well as the rational use of fire in the Pantanal region, during the 1st Forum on Fire and Sustainable Development in the Pantanal, held in a hybrid way in the Sebrae-MS auditorium on Friday afternoon (1).

The event, held jointly by the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank), Mapa (Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply) and Sebrae/MS, allowed for the presentation of statistics and actions to signal the work aimed at preserving the Pantanal biome. About 300 people participated in person and online. The broadcast of the event is available at the link

Secretary Jaime Verruck, from Semagro and vice-president of the Deliberative Council of Sebrae/MS, pointed out that Mato Grosso do Sul defined as public policy to prevent fire. “The State Government chose to work with prevention, with planning, with an investment of R$ 56 million in combat infrastructure and mainly with the sharing of knowledge”, he said.

According to the secretary, “there is no way to prevent it without the participation of the rural producer and this engagement is fundamental for our State Plan for the Integrated Management of Fire. Hence the importance of this inter-institutional governance structure involving the State Government, with Semagro, Imasul and the Fire Department, together with Sebrae, Faems and other institutions”.

The director of the Department of Sustainable Production and Irrigation at Mapa, Fabiana Villa Alves, explained that livestock farming, which is very present in the Pantanal, is the only economic activity found in all Brazilian municipalities. With this scenario, turning attention to building a sustainable panorama is a mandatory factor.

According to the director of Mapa, Mato Grosso do Sul is one of the pioneering and innovative states in actions to become Carbon Neutral. “Mato Grosso do Sul is an example of integrated and sustainable systems” such as the recovery of degraded pastures, no-tillage, ILPF and treatment of animal waste. “The producers from Mato Grosso do Sul are pioneers in Carbon Neutral Meat and other sustainability actions and programs, which is why they are the ones who most conserve the Pantanal”, she concluded.

She also pointed out how the work of the IDB, Mapa, Sebrae/MS and Firefighters for the mitigation, prevention and rational use of fire in the Pantanal is aligned with the ABC+ Plan policy (Sectoral Plan for Adaptation and Low Carbon Emissions in Agriculture) because it combats emission of harmful gases to the ozone layer.

“MAPA’s role in this project is precisely to facilitate this transition of knowledge between the institutions. We were there in Glasgow (COP-26) and we did it well. I can say that Brazil was perhaps one of the countries that really brought concrete results in terms of mitigation and adaptation to climate change. I am very happy that MAPA has helped in these actions that will take place here with the IDB, with Sebrae”, he pointed out.

The Forum was also attended by the deputy secretary of Semagro and member of the Deliberative Council of Sebrae/MS Ricardo Senna, who was one of the panelists and presented the administrative structure of the State Government and Semagro that, over the last few years “ has increased the number of actions and programs that encourage good practices, sustainability and appreciation of the biodiversity of the biomes of Mato Grosso do Sul”.

The director of operations at Sebrae/MS, Tito Estanqueiro, explained that the holding of the Forum consolidated the concern that different sectors have around the Pantanal and that actions are being developed, mainly by those who live and work in this specific region. “The great challenge is for us to identify opportunities for the socio-economic development of the biome. More than someone who has specialization, knowledge and depth on the subject, there is a very important link in the territory: the Pantanal producer. We expect to deliver a legacy of preservation and sustainable use of the natural resources of the Pantanal biome”, he concluded.

Also participating in the event were the president of the Federation of Business Associations of Mato Grosso do Sul (FAEMS) and also a member of the Deliberative Council of Sebrae/MS, Alfredo Zamlutti, of the director-president of Imasul, André Borges; the State Public Ministry, represented by the promoter and director of the MPMS Environmental Nucleus, Luciano Furtado Loubet; the MS Fire Department, with Colonel Waldemir Moreira Júnior, and the MT Fire Department, with Lieutenant Colonel Jusciery Rodrigues Marques; and the National Confederation of Municipalities, with Sofia Araujo Zagallo.

With information from Rodolfo César/Sebrae-MS and photos from Sebrae/MS

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