The government of Pará, through the Secretariat for the Environment and Sustainability (Semas), installed this Tuesday (5th), in a ceremony held at the Gasómetro Theater, in Belém, the Working Group that will prepare the State Bioeconomy Plan. The strategy was announced during the World Bioeconomy Forum held last year in the capital of Pará. On the occasion, the state decree was signed that provided for the construction of the Plan, which will be presented to society in October. Present at the ceremony were several members of representatives of productive, technical-scientific sectors and other segments that participate in the debates on the bioeconomy and development of low carbon emissions. The entities were selected in an open call for proposals launched last November by the secretariat. The complete list of members can be accessed here.
The Secretary of Environment and Sustainability of Pará, Mauro O’de Almeida stated that the Plan will be a collective construction. “This is another step that we take in the construction of a state plan for bioeconomy. Today, we are installing the working group that will be responsible for this collective construction, which will meet during this time so that we can make the transformation of the economy of the state of Pará to a low carbon economy”, said the head of Semas.
The Working Group will hold sectorial meetings to identify challenges and opportunities and map ongoing bioeconomy actions in the State of Pará. It should also promote workshops for the design of actions with a view to establishing the bases and promoting the implementation of the Bioeconomy as a new productive matrix for the state, in addition to developing goals, indicators and ways of monitoring the established actions.
“The attitude of the State Government to hold an event and create a collaborative work group to build the State Bioeconomy Plan is a very important step towards consolidating the decree that instituted the construction of the strategies of the State Bioeconomy Policy. So, in this sense, it is an important milestone for the State Government, an important milestone for the population that lives in this socio-bioeconomy production chain and we understand that with this plan it is possible to leverage this production chain, improving the lives of people who live and that generate these important products for food, cosmetics and for the entire production chain”, said excited Edivan Carvalho, state coordinator of the Amazon Research Institute (Ipam).
The Plan was provided for in the State Bioeconomy Strategy established by Decree No. 1,943, of 2021, which sought to provide the basis for stimulating and guaranteeing structure for the economic transition to matrices of low greenhouse gas emissions, resilient to the impacts of climate change, generating environmental and socioeconomic benefits. The Strategy was an instrument of the structural component “Socioeconomic Development of Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions”, of the Sectorial Plan for Land Use and Forests, the State Plan Amazonia Agora (PEAA).
The assistant secretary for Management of Water Resources and Climate at Semas, Raul Protázio, reinforces that the construction of the Plan will be carried out jointly with society. “The Working Group will have 180 days to define, report on actions and activities developed in the three workshops planned until the month of August. From there, the process of consolidation of the Plan and submission of the Plan for popular consultation, for validation by We understand that the solutions that come from the community to the government will be more efficient during implementation. Thus, for the construction of the State Bioeconomy Plan, we need to bring together the broadest possible aspect of society, be it a sector private sector, third sector, other state and federal institutions, so that we can build a multi-plan that represents the challenge that public policies for the development of the bioeconomy are in a state as diverse as the state of Pará, with such a challenging chain and innovative as that of the bioeconomy, he emphasized.”
During the event, there was a presentation of the bioeconomy strategy presented by the head of the bioeconomy board, Camille Bemergui, who presented the axes of the state strategy. “The axes of the state’s bioeconomy strategy are: Research, development and innovation; Genetic Heritage and Associated Traditional Knowledge; and Production Chains and Sustainable Businesses; all inserted in the main axis that is Conservation. What we seek is a model of economic development based on the sustainable and innovative use of renewable biological resources, promoting solutions based on nature, valuing traditional knowledge and guaranteeing social inclusion to promote the population’s quality of life, environmental conservation and contribution to achieving of climate neutrality. We have a huge challenge in the state of Pará, we must establish the foundations of an economic development matrix”, said the director.
Also at the event, it was presented by the representative of the The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Juliana Simões the steps that must be followed during the construction of the plan, such as the development of the methodology for the construction of the plan, interviews with key actors, elaboration of the logical model of PlanBio and the first workshop with government representatives. After the ceremony, there was a musical performance by Grupo Parananin, with their regional repertoire.