IUCN has opened a new office in Brazil, to be located in the federal capital Brasilia. Establishing a permanent institutional presence in a country that offers great opportunities and challenges in the social and environmental fields was considered essential, and IUCN’s Brasilia office will address the need to effectively and efficiently implement the IUCN programme in South America.
“IUCN’s office in Brasilia will seek to make a strong contribution to the activities developed by the local, regional and central governments of Brazil, expand the network of institutional IUCN members and commission members, and promote effective changes in the relationship between society and nature,” said Luiz Merico, National Project Coordinator, who will be at the head of the new office.
The office’s Main activities will be to conduct panel discussions and to implement the agreement with the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, officially in charge of monitoring the state of biodiversity for Brazil’s environment ministry.
IUCN also has a project office in the city of Acre, Rio Branco, responsible for the implementation of two IUCN global forest initiatives: Strengthening voices for better choices and Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy.
“It is my great pleasure to be in Brazil’s capital city, which is celebrating its 60 anniversary, to witness the birth of a new IUCN office here in Brasilia,” says Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director-General, who traveled to Brasilia for the occasion. “Brazil is a vital, vivid and vibrant nation which is taking its rightful place at the centre of the world stage. As home to a plethora of natural assets Brazil is a place that IUCN cannot afford to be anything less than totally engaged with.”