Delegation from the Pan Pearl River Delta learns about environmental projects on the Amazon River

10 March 2017

Members of the delegation of the Pan Pearl River Delta region in the Brazilian city of Manaus learned about the water resources management system created by the State government and took a boat trip along the Amazon River, the largest river basin in the world, Macauhub has learned.

In the course of the journey to the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers, after which the river becomes the Amazon, the executive secretary of State for the Environment (Sema), Thierry Acanthe, told the members of the delegation about the state system for licensing, treatment and collection of water, environmental management, as well as state water policy.

“The example of the Amazon is very positive, because we are a major centre of industrial production, with the Manaus Free Trade Zone, and at the same time, we have a very strict environmental policy that reconciles the production of goods, preserving the forest,” said the secretary.

The Ponta do Ismael Production Complex, a water collection system responsible for supplying about 80% of Manaus is located in the west of the state capital, on the left bank of the Negro River, the largest black water river in the world and the second largest by water flow, after the Amazon itself.

The Manaus Free Trade Zone was established 50 years ago by the Brazilian government as a strategy to promote regional development in its area of ​​influence, which includes the states of the Western Amazon (Acre, Amazonas, Rondonia and Roraima) and the municipalities of Macapa and Santana, in Amapá.

The area is based on three economic, commercial, industrial and agro-livestock hubs, with companies receiving tax incentives for setting up in the zone, which is managed by the Superintendency of the Manaus Free Trade Zone (Suframa).

The Operations and Management Centre of the Amazonian Protection System (Censipam) and the Geological Survey of Brazil (CPRM), under the Ministry of Mines and Energy also took part in the visit.

Also in Manaus, the delegation met with representatives of the federal and state governments, as well as entrepreneurs.

Technical staff from Suframa, under the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Affairs and Trade Services, talked about the solid waste processing plan, and since the introduction of the Waste Inventory Database in September 2010, has already providing training to more than 260 companies located in the Manaus Industrial Hub.

The goal is to reach all 600 industries registered at Suframa so that the municipality can consolidate the inventory data provided by the companies at the hub.

The city of Manaus was the last point of the delegation’s agenda in Brazil before it travelled on to Lisbon. The mission arrived in Brasilia on 6 March and met with Brazilian government representatives of the areas of trade promotion, water management, environmental protection and sustainability. (macauhub)