23 June 2014
Signature of a framework letter from the Brazilian Development Bank for a partnership between FAO and COMIFAC countries in forest monitoring
Your Excellency Mrs. Amane Rosine Baîwong Djibergui, Minister of Agriculture and Environment of the Republic of Chad, and Acting President of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC),
Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives,
Mr. Guilherme de Lacerda, Managing Director of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES),
Distinguished other members of the COMIFAC,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me begin by welcoming you all here at this quick but very meaningful ceremony.
As you know, FAO is a strong supporter of the South-South Cooperation.
This is a key strategy that allows countries to exchange their successful experiences, in areas like food security, poverty alleviation and forest monitoring.
With respect to this last field, Brazil has reduced the rates of deforestation in its part of the Amazon region with appropriate technologies and better governance.
This has positive impacts in many areas, including the reduction of Green House Gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
Now, all this will be part of a South-South Cooperation with the Central African countries of COMIFAC, on a partnership that FAO is very pleased to facilitate.
The Brazilian knowledge and experience developed in the Amazon, the largest tropical forest basin of the world, can be shared with the Congo basin, the second largest tropical forest continuum,
Remember that FAO and Brazilian institutions are already working together to promote knowledge transfer and capacity building on forest monitoring, using remote sensing and geographic information systems.
In this regard, I would like to recall the partnership with INPE signed last year.
Likewise, systems developed by Brazil that through this cooperation are shared and adapted to other countries.
This initiative announced today will build upon past experiences and expand our cooperation.
The Amazon Fund managed by the Brazilian Development Bank – BNDES - and financially supported by the Governments of Norway, Germany, and the Brazilian oil company Petrobrás, intends to support forest monitoring in order to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in tropical biomes.
The framework letter that will be signed by Dr. Guilherme Lacerda today confirms FAO’s eligibility to be considered for BNDES’ financial support through the Amazon Fund.
While this cooperation project is still pending to be finished and approved, today’s step confirms that we are on the right track towards a stronger cooperation between our institutions.
We trust the path is now ready for all of us to engage, so as this exemplary South-South initiative may be launched in the nearest possible future.
I am also delighted to say that this is the first agreement to be signed with a development bank of a country from the South.
This is a mutual learning process.
I would like to thank COMIFAC and the engagement of Ambassador Maria Laura da Rocha, the Permanent Representative of Brazil to FAO, in facilitating this process.
I am totally convinced of and personally committed to the success of that agreement.
Thank you very much.