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Lula designs ‘Bolsa Verde’ for environmentally conscious families

the president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT) will launch in 2023 a new program of social and environmental assistance. oh”Green bag“, which will be headed by the future Ministry of the Environment, provides for the payment of a small amount to families in extreme poverty and living in the respective areas. environmental protection🇧🇷

According to the rules of the program, which came into operation during the government of former president Dilma Rousseff and part of the administration of Michel Temer, the federal government makes a payment of R$ 300 every three months to these families.

By receiving help to guarantee at least their livelihood with basic resources, they undertake to take care of the region they live in, use local natural resources sustainably and preserve nature, in addition to helping with their monitoring and protection work. these areas.

The resources for the initiative have already been estimated at R$ 200 million, in the budget of the Ministry of Environment (MMA), and the program is seen as one of the portfolio’s priorities in 2023. It is still possible that the amount paid each quarter will be revised.

The plan envisages that the initiative will be led by MMA, in partnership with inkwhich controls the rural cadastre and the Chico Mendes Biodiversity Institute (ICMBio), which administers federal conservation units. The Union Heritage Secretariat should also act as a partner in the programme.

In 2011, when Bolsa Verde was in operation and was part of the so-called Brazil without miserythe government reached about 100,000 people benefiting from the program.

The government’s assessment is that environmental inspectors from Ibama and ICMBio, however numerous they may be, cannot be in all parts of the country at the same time and that these families end up playing an important role in supporting conservation and protection. of forests. .

The criterion for selecting households includes requirements such as registration in the Cadastro Único (CadÚnico) from the federal government, in addition to being a beneficiary of the Bolsa Família program and earning up to R$ 77 per person in the family, per month.

The target is families living near environmental conservation areas. These areas should be determined by the federal government, according to its priorities.

With information from Estadão Content*

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