The head of the Protected Areas Department in the MMA’s Biodiversity and Forests Secretariat, Ana Paula Prates, says that Arpa is inspirational for projects in all the Brazilian biomes. She highlights the Program management qualities and its ability to bring the National Protected Areas System (Snuc) close to all the society. Read the interview:
What has been or could be Arpa’s contribution for Snuc implementation and expansion?
Besides the financial support given by the program to the existing PAs and the support for the creation of new areas, the program is important for the articulation with the Amazonian states, providing MMA with an opportunity to actually carry out actions regarding the National Protected Areas System.
Which Arpa features may be used as a model for Snuc?
The program supports the development of mechanisms and instruments for PA management which, when proving effective, be used as models for the PAs in other Brazilian biomes. Furthermore, the participatory collegiate decision model, through the Program Committee, is a good example to be followed by other projects. On the other hand, Arpa should continue to be able to test innovating management models, which may be used by the entire Snuc system.
What are your expectations for the future of Arpa?
We are, somehow, already having an overflow of Arpa’s successful examples over the other biomes, and Snuc benefits from the achievements. Furthermore, it is extremely relevant to maintain Arpa benefits after the program is concluded, i.e. seek the sustainability of actions for the PAs. I can also highlight one great expectation of coming close to society through good examples from Arpa management, hoping this may help bringing Snuc closer to society as a whole.