Stefan Keppler am 02.02.2022 - 15:16

As German biologist since 1990, I live in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian Amazon since 30 years. In 2020, I concluded PhD in Environmental Science and Sustainability in the Amazon and studied the market influences on forest-preservation and climate-action.
I feel disappointed hearing about authoritarian approaches as restrictions and thread. That means European markets do not percieve any responsibility for the actual forest destruction in the Amazon?
If any nation provides commodities (Brazil is the world’s supplier) there is not only the demand, but real acquisition with historical contracts! Thus, purchasing markets are causing scaling up at their providers, with all possible environmental consequences. No risk assessments are undertaken at the seeking markets to adequate consumer-demands on the environmental and SOCIAL capacity of delivering countries.
On the other hand, markets are blind for alternatives. I see the importance in opening markets for innovative bio-products which depend on the standing forest. Yes, the Amazon could deliver new bio-based materials to be scaled up without cutting any tree. I really hope, that everybody assumes historical responsibility and seeks for a new economical concept of sustainable development and fair trade.

Best wishes

Stefan

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