The GTS (Soy Task Force), whose members come from industry, civil society and government, signed a commitment to implement a new agenda for the transition of the Soy Moratorium in the Amazon Biome. This commitment was signed by Izabella Teixeira, Minister of the Environment, Carlo Lovatelli, GTS Private Sector Coordinator and President of ABIOVE (Brazilian Vegetable Oil Industries Association), Paulo Adario, Greenpeace Senior Forestry Statistician and GTS Civil Society Coordinator, and Sergio Mendes, General Manager of ANEC (National Grain Exporters Association).
The move was triggered because of the need to perfect the official governance system for land use and occupation in the Amazon Biome through CAR (Rural Environmental Registration).“Brazil currently has 5.6 million rural properties, according to SNCR (National Rural Registration System), a department of INCRA (National Colonization & Agrarian Reform Institute). These properties occupy 60% of Brazil’s total territory, or 509 million hectares (2 million square miles), of which 10% have completed CAR. However, the area registered is much larger percentage as, up to now, it has been the larger properties that have registered”, said Lovatelli. SICAR (National System for Rural Environmental Registration) only began to function in May of this year.
The GTS members also signed a commitment to monitor by satellite the Amazon Biome municipalities with over 5,000 hectares (19.5 sq. miles) of soy crops. The reference date for the Soy Moratorium is also being updated, from July 2006 to July 2008, in accordance with the new Forest Code. Unlike in the past, the private sector will fully rely on the Environment Ministry to check and say whether deforestation is legal or illegal and keep the official blacklist of embargoed farms up-to-date.
In a press release Greenpeace welcomes the decision, but stressed that the eighteen months ahead are critical for the Brazilian government to advance governance in the Amazon and for the corporate sector to secure a plan to remove deforestation from their supply chains.
MVO welcomes the transition and acknowledges the efforts that are being made to ensure EU supply in sustainable soy.
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