"The Dilma government indeed caused a paradigm shift: wind energy is no longer marginal and now has a leading role as one of the renewable resources added to hydropower (next to the gas-fired, coal and oil thermal energy and nuclear energy)."
Giorgio Romano Schutte, professor of International Relations and Economics at the Federal University of the ABC (UFABC) and member of the Strategic Center for Development Studies, Democracy and Sustainability (NEEDDS).
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.
Between 2003 and 2014, the Lula and Dilma governments worked from the perspective of the effectiveness of environmental protection linked to the guarantee of the rights to areas occupied by people and communities who traditionally use natural resources in harmony with nature.
Some of the highlights of this policy, combining environmental preservation and socio-territorial inclusion include:
In 2013, during the II Meeting of the People of the Forest, the Dilma government announced investments of R$ 712 million by 2016 for social assistance and extension measures for the extractivist peoples of the Amazon region.
These activities include the allocation of R$ 11.7 million to train 10,000 extractivist leaders in the regions served by the Bolsa Verde Program and investments of R$ 123 million for the social and economic empowerment of extractivist organizations. In addition, the government will allocate R$ 223.2 million for technical assistance and rural extension work.
Seven of the 12 stadiums that were built or refurbished for the 2014 World Cup received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as constructions that demonstrate the adoption of sustainability concepts.