Institute Acao Verde is comprised of the majority of productive sector representatives in Mato Grosso and is responsible for implementing a 2020 targeted Green Infrastructure proposal based on the rehabilitation, maintenance and enhancement of nine main rivers from the tree biomes within the state. The Verde Rio Project works with local communities at river margins and recently has started to implement Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) activities for carbon, aiming to also incorporate water and biodiversity credits in the near future. For that purpose, Institute Acao Verde is implementing a Platform for Business with Environmental and Ecosystem Goods and Services of Mato Grosso (PNBSAE/MT), which supports companies and communities by providing guidance and certification to participants. It is expected that Green Infrastructure will provide for a more resilient and adapted ecosystem, able to face climate change and the threats posed by a loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
In May 2012, Institute Acao Verde, in partnership with Instituto Brasil and GVC Italy, is hosting an International Conference on Green Economy, the AMBIENTAL 2012. It aims to further promote the PNBSAE/MT and help increase markets for ecosystem services. The institute has also sent a proposal for a State Policy on Environmental and Ecosystem Goods and Services in order to increase the credibility and sustainability of PNBSAE/MT. The international conference will bring together representatives from different countries and serve as a basis for increasing PNBSAE/MT and Institute Acao Verde’s participation in shaping the global biodiversity and ecosystem services agenda.
Institute Acao Verde looks forward to participating in the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative and strengthening global cooperation. The institute wants to present its case and discuss necessary improvements with the global community in order to improve it so that it can be as useful as possible. Most of all, we want to make our activities of service to the Satoyama Initiative, and learn how to collaborate towards protecting the biodiversity of both wild and human-influenced natural environments by implementing its goals of long term sustainability with the Verde Rio project.
Mr. Ederson Zanetti (far right) of Institute Acao Verde, and other participants at the second IPBES plenary in Panama