Brazil Announces Two New Conservation Units on the Amazon Coast

In a landmark decision for environmental conservation, the Brazilian government has announced the creation of two new federal Conservation Units (UCs) on the Amazon coast. This initiative, unveiled on the International Day of Forests, reflects Brazil’s commitment to preserving its unique ecosystems and the livelihoods of local communities.The two reserves, named ‘Filhos do Mangue’ and ‘Viriandeua’, span a total of 74.7 thousand hectares and are a significant addition to the nation’s protected areas. These UCs will play a crucial role in safeguarding the biodiversity of the Amazon coast and promoting sustainable resource use.

New conservation units on the amazon coast

The announcement also included the reinstatement of the Public Forest Management Commission (CGFlop), emphasizing the government’s strategy for sustainable forest management. The ceremony, held at the Palácio da Alvorada, was attended by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and several ministers, highlighting the cross-sectoral effort to achieve these environmental goals.

President Lula stressed the importance of working together to improve the nation and the lives of its people, with environmental causes being a central part of this mission. The collaboration with the Governor of Pará, Helder Barbalho, was particularly noted for its role in establishing the UCs and preparing for the upcoming COP30 climate conference in Belém in 2025.

Minister Marina Silva expressed gratitude for the administration’s focus on forest protection and sustainable use, which she described as essential in the fight against climate change. She also recognized the vital role of indigenous peoples as guardians of the forests, aligning environmental conservation with human rights and social justice.

As Brazil prepares to host COP30, the establishment of ‘Filhos do Mangue’ and ‘Viriandeua’ serves as a testament to the country’s readiness to lead by example in the global effort to combat climate change. These new Conservation Units are not just protective measures but a declaration of Brazil’s determination to balance economic development with environmental integrity.