Brazilian Ecologist points paths for the Amazon
In an interview with Folha de São Paulo, Mercedes Bustamante, one of the more than 200 authors of the Scientific Panel on the Amazon report, is clear about what needs to be done to save the forest. One of the priorities, for example, has to be to zero deforestation, both legal and illegal.
Another path for the future of the region, according to the ecologist, is to actually organize the Amazon bio-economy, encompassing inclusive actions bringing together science and traditional knowledge. She also states that regulating access to genetic resources that serve industry and local populations is of utmost importance.
For the professor of the University of Brasilia, another pivotal point Brazil needs to face is the discussion on adaptation. In a country where social strata are increasingly poorer and more vulnerable, the issue needs to be put on the agenda in a better way, defends the researcher.
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