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Frequently asked questions

What has been done in 12 years of government?

Many things. Just to name a few: during the Lula and Dilma administrations, the number of environmental conservation areas increased by 50%. The deforestation of the Amazon, which previously had only increased, fell 79% between 2004 and 2013. Operations of the Federal Police curbed the illegal traffic in timber and seized more than 23 thousand cubic meters of hardwoods.

If several hydroelectric plants were created, that does not mean that nature was impacted?

No. The Lula and Dilma managed to combine growth and large nature conservation projects. See, for example, the case of the hydroelectric plant on the Madeira River, the construction of which could affect the migration of catfish. President Lula asked that studies be made ​​and a canal was built to allow fish to continue to swim upstream to spawn.(http://economia.estadao.com.br/noticias/geral,os-bagres-de-lula-vao-sobr...).

What about renewable energy? What was done to encourage the growth of this industry?

Brazil has a great potential for energy through hydroelectric plants and these investments continued, increasingly designed to increase production and reduce the impact on the environment. Projects began to used the “flow of water” technology – using smaller reservoirs and a smaller change in the water levels and that is not based on an overstock of water. In addition, wind energy jumped: growing by 829% between 2006 and 2013.

Was the social impact was taken into account?

Yes. One of the major tasks was to combine social inclusion with conservation and various initiatives have ensured that. One example is the Bolsa Verde, which provides a minimum income to poor families living in protected areas, settlements or riparian areas.