Aug. 29, 2020, 9:30 p.m.

During the event, which starts on Monday (14) in Lima, Peru, MMA, and ICMBio will exhibit Brazillian initiatives that have been showing good results.

The Ministry of the Environment (Ministério do Meio-Ambiente – MMA) and the Chico Mendes Institute for Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio) will ve attending, next week to the III Congress of Protected Areas of Latin America and Caribe (Caplac) in Lima, Peru which has the theme of “Solutions for the wellbeing and sustainable development”.

Considered as one of the most important events in the world about the management of protected areas, the congress starts on Monday (14) and goes until Thursday (17), gathering governments, multilateral organizations, private initiative 

and personalities of the Ambiental area from Latin-American and Caribbean countries.

The event program includes a series of activities such as speeches, technical sessions, panels, circles of conversation, foruns, meetings, and parallel events. Beyond discussions, awards will be given in recognition to people and institutions that act in defense of nature.


During the congress, the director of Protected Areas of the MMA, Ricardo Castelli, will give a speech about the Project Local Protected Areas (Projeto Áreas Protegidas Locais) that, besides brazil, have as co-participants Colombia, Equator, and Peru. Financially supported by the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of Germany, the project seeks to contribute to the structuration of unities of municipal conservation.

Castelli will also be present in the meeting of the Project Sustainable Landscapes of the Amazon (Projeto Paisagens Sustentáveis da Amazônia), implemented by the Mundial Bank, which includes the amazonian countries such as Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. The goal is to promote the sustainability of the system of protected areas of the region. Both projects mentioned are coordinated by the Secretary of Biodiversity of the MMA and have been giving good results.

ICMBio will be organizing two conversation tables during the congress. One about Ecological, Social and Economic Aspects of Visitation in Conservation Units and another one about the Partnership to the Amazon Conservation, which will be coordinated with help from USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) and USFS (U.S. Forest Service).

The Institue will be represented by the director of Creation and Management in Conservation Units, Marcos de Castro Simanovic and by the coordinator of Planning, Visitation Structure e Ecotourism, Thiago Beraldo. They will be exposing the Brazilian experience and coordinate the discussion on the conversation tables.


The III Congress of Protected Areas of Latin America and Caribe – which past editions have happened in Santa Marta, Colombia (1997) and Bariloche, Argentina (2007) – aims to strengthen the protected area’s contribution to the realization of international accords of conservation of nature, the well-being of people and the sustainable development.

An environment for the exchange of ideas and debates about public policies, the congress is an initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) through its World Commission for Protected Areas (CMAP), that brings together different countries to strengthen their capacity to promote protected areas as nature-based soltions.

According to organizers, Caplac offers the opportunity to governmental authorities, multilateral organizations, local community leaders, traditional and native people, as well as the private sector, to show suggestions to ONU’s Convention of Biological Diversity (CDB), before the revision of Aichi’s Targets, in 2020.

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