Minister of Environment discusses biofuture with Brazilian Ambassador2017-01-18
Yesterday, Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas received Brazilian Ambassador Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos on his official visit to Lithuania.
The main purpose of the Ambassador’s visit was to urge Lithuania to approve the proposal of Brazil to establish a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic.
Lithuania ratified the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in 2008. For several decades, the South Atlantic that is inhabited by about 50 whale species has been the ground of active big whale hunting. The establishment of a sanctuary in this region is aimed at protecting biodiversity, developing research and, taking account of the economic interests of developing countries, implementing the rational use of whales. Lithuania welcomes Brazil’s proposal that will enhance the international protection of whales.
The Ambassador and the Minister also addressed the issues of climate change and renewable energy resources. C. Paranhos introduced the Biofuture Platform signed at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakesh and suggested that Lithuania promote the development of progressive biofuels.
The possibilities of Lithuania to joint the Biofuture Platform initiative will be coordinated with other authorities (the Ministries of Economy, Energy and Transport and Communications) in charge of the bioeconomy development.