The Ministry of Environment (MMA) gets into the final stretch of mapping studies of the Brazilian coast with the objective of providing contingency planning and actions in response to environmental disasters. It was released last week, the Environmental Sensitivity Atlas of the Maritime Oil Basins of Bahia. By the end of the year, the reports of other five regions of Brazil must be completed: Foz do Amazonas, Pará / Barreirinhas, Sergipe-Alagoas/Pernambuco-Paraíba, Campos and Pelotas.
Added to the other three atlas (Ceara / Potiguar, Santos and Espírito Santo), it will be nine surveys about the situation of the Brazilian coast. The achievement of the studies is referred by the Federal Law No. 9.966/ 2000, known as the Oil Law. The legislation provides for the prevention, control and monitoring of pollution caused by oil spills and other harmful substances in waters under national jurisdiction and, among other things, provides that the MMA has to consolidate local and regional plans of contingency.
The region mapped by the Bahia’s Atlas counts the sensibility indices of the region and includes important conservation areas, including the Abrolhos Marine National Park, located in the southern of the state, Brazil”s main area of occurrence of Jubarte whales. With the investment of R$ 929,500, the survey was developed through an agreement between MMA and the Foundation to Support Research and Extension (FAPEX) of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBa).
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