BVRio and FBDS contribute to the revision of Brazil’s National Plan for the Recovery of Native Vegetation

As part of its strategy to influence public policies that help speed up the implementation of the Forest Code, PlanaFlor, a project led by BVRio and the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development (FBDS), now has representation in the process of revising the National Plan for the Recovery of Native Vegetation (Planaveg). PlanaFlor’s contribution was formalised by Resolutions No. 2 and No. 3 of the National Commission for the Recovery of Native Vegetation (Conaveg), of 5 February 2024, which created Consultative Chambers. 

BVRio will represent PlanaFlor in the Thematic Chamber for Implementation Arrangements, while FBDS will participate in the Spatial Intelligence Thematic Chamber. The composition of these chambers includes representatives of public and private institutions, recognised as references on issues relevant to the agenda of forest restoration and recovery of native vegetation in the country.

In the first phase of PlanaFlor (2021-2022), analyses and cross-referencing of data were produced, resulting in a collection of 21 studies available on the project’s website. At least four of these publications deal with issues directly related to Planaveg and will be used as a basis for contribution to the thematic chambers. Quantifying the vegetation deficit based on the rules of the Forest Code, estimating the regeneration capacity of permanent preservation areas and Legal Reserves, proposing criteria to indicate priority regions for restoration investments and analysing the supply and demand of seedlings, seeds and labour for restoration are some of the topics covered by PlanaFlor. These studies provide a solid base of data and essential information for the revision of Planaveg, subsidising decisions and strategies to conserve and recover Brazil’s native vegetation.

BVRio and FBDS’ participation in these chambers will be guided by the realisation that the effective implementation of the Forest Code must be at the heart of the country’s development strategies. “In our view, complying with the Forest Code goes far beyond regularising rural production. It’s about driving the transition to an efficient and resilient low-carbon economy, providing a sustainable, inclusive and long-lasting development model.” Said Beto Mesquita, BVRio’s Director of Forests and Public Policies.