Ibama’s Role in Global Plastic Pollution Agreement

The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) is actively engaged in the 4th round of international negotiations aimed at addressing plastic pollution, including its impact on marine ecosystems. This crucial event, known as INC-4, is organized by the United Nations and focuses on developing a comprehensive agreement to combat plastic pollution worldwide.

The Context

The discussions are currently taking place in Ottawa, Canada, and involve representatives from various Brazilian government agencies, including the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the Ministry of Development, Industry, Trade, and Services, and the Ministry of Planning and Budget. Additionally, the Brazilian Navy and civil society organizations, represented by waste pickers’ associations, actively contribute to the dialogue.

Key Objectives

The Brazilian delegation is deliberating over a proposed text that emerged from the 3rd stage of negotiations, which is available on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) website. The technical expertise of the delegation, including insights from the Ibama’s work on environmentally sound waste management, the control of hazardous chemicals, and the implementation of other international conventions (such as the Basel and Stockholm Conventions), informs their assessment of the negotiation document.

Brazil’s Stance

In the opening address, Brazil emphasized several critical points:

  1. Commitment: Brazil reaffirmed its commitment to actively contribute to the treaty’s development.
  2. Circular Economy: The importance of embracing a circular economy approach was highlighted. This approach emphasizes reducing waste, reusing materials, and promoting sustainable practices.
  3. Beyond Waste: Brazil stressed the need to focus not only on plastic waste but also on plastic products themselves. This broader perspective ensures that we address the entire lifecycle of plastics.
  4. Science-Based Measures: Brazil advocates for evidence-based decision-making and the identification of globally controlled products and substances.

Global Awareness

The negotiations are closely monitored by the press, non-governmental organizations, and environmental advocates. Their engagement underscores the growing awareness of plastic’s impact on human health and the environment. The urgency to develop a robust instrument to combat plastic pollution worldwide is evident.

As the discussions continue, Brazil remains committed to contributing constructively to this vital international effort. By collaborating with other nations, we can collectively safeguard our oceans, marine life, and the well-being of future generations.

For the full text of Brazil’s intervention, visit here.