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Brazil to use satellite imagery to update environment registry

Brazil: The Ministry of Environment, Brazil, aims to authorise a contracting company that will produce satellite images which can be used for updating rural environmental registry, under the new Forest Code, announced Environment Minister, Izabella Teixeira.

“From signing the contract, the images must be delivered in 60 days,” said the minister. “We”ll do the cooperation agreement with the states and we will pass it [the images] to them. Who has your state registration system will be able to use the images and who is not going to use the federal system,” she explained.

According to the Minister the work will require the integration of various sectors. “We will implement the registration and start a process of mobilisation,” she noted. She informed that the deadline for preparation of registration is two years.

Izabella Teixeira said the ministry is already talking to organisations like the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CNA), the National Confederation of Agricultural Workers (Contag) and the National Federation of Workers in Family Agriculture (Fetraf). “We need a strong commitment to build the registry and know, in fact, not only which areas of permanent preservation, but also the situation of rural properties in Brazil,” she said.

The new code provides for the obligation of Rural Environmental Registry for all farms. The purpose, according to the document, is to “integrate the environmental information of rural properties and possessions, forming a database for control, monitoring, environmental planning and economic and combating deforestation.”

Source: DCI