3rd in the deforestation ranking, Cotia promotes lecture on environmental management

“We are committed to protecting our natural resources and ensuring the sustainable growth of Cotia,” said the acting secretary for Green and the Environment, Agnaldo Gomes.

Photo: Reproduction / City Hall of Cotia

THE Secretary of the Green and the Environment of Cotia promoted a lecture this week on environmental management with the agronomist, public manager, environmental manager and environmental expert, Jose Walter Figueiredo Silva.

Collaborators from the secretariats of the Green and Environment, Health, Housing and Urbanism, Urban Works and Infrastructure, Social Development, in addition to the Municipal Environment Council.

“We are committed to protecting our natural resources and ensuring the sustainable growth of Cotia”said the acting secretary of the Green and the Environment, Agnaldo Gomes.

During the lecture, José Walter addressed the topic ‘The Urban Forest in the VerdeAzul Municipality’. In his presentation, the agronomist spoke, among other topics, about the steps that the municipality needs to take in order to increase its score in the VerdeAzul Municipality State Program.

The objective of the program is to encourage and assist São Paulo city halls in the elaboration and execution of their strategic public policies for the sustainable development of the state.

3rd in the deforestation ranking

According to a study by Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica with the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe)Cotia is the third city in São Paulo that most deforested native forest [RELEMBRE AQUI].

One of the areas deforested between 2020 and 2021, according to the survey, is on the banks of the Raposo Tavares Highway. Also according to the study, in Cotia, the jump started in 2018.

But for the City Hall, deforestation occurs because the municipality is “constant target of criminals who deforest with the intention of carrying out irregular land subdivisions.”


The City Hall informs that the municipality of Cotia, according to state data, has one of the largest vegetation cover including native vegetation of the “Atlantic Forest” Biome in the metropolitan region of São Paulo.

Due to urban expansion and the pressure for housing, the municipality becomes a constant target of criminals who deforest in order to carry out irregular land divisions.

It is also worth mentioning the fact that the authorizations for suppression in “Forest Fragments” are issued by CETESB – State Environmental Agency, since the municipality can only authorize through an administrative process, which after careful analysis by qualified professionals from the Green Secretariat and Environment, issues authorization for the suppression only of isolated trees that are outside Environmental Preservation Areas.

To curb the practices of Environmental Crimes, the City of Cotia has a staff of the Environmental Civil Guard in which, upon finding possible environmental infractions, it issues a notice of infraction, and coercively takes the offender to the police station specialized in environmental crimes.

It is also worth mentioning that, in addition to the native vegetation of the Atlantic Forest, more than 1/3 of the municipal territory is occupied by the Morro Grande forest reserve. And that Cotia has the Permanent Preservation Area (APA) of Itupararanga and part of the Protection Area of ​​Manancial de Guarapiranga, all preserved.

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