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Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Deforestation in Argentina

Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Deforestation in Argentina

By Cristian Frers

To talk about environmental policy, we have to talk about a comprehensive environmental policy that should be implemented both in municipalities, provinces and in the Nation, where issues such as: Environmental Education, Environmental Policy, Sustainable Development, Environmental Health, Deforestation are taken into account , Biodiversity ... Otherwise, we will continue to make mistakes in search of an environmental paradigm that helps us grow.

Although climate change is one of the issues to which we must pay attention because there is already scientific evidence that it is occurring since we have been able to observe some of the impacts and consequences on the planet. This process is rapidly contributing to the increase in temperature throughout the planet ... and it is not the only environmental issue that we must worry about.

One of the factors that influence climate change is the pruning of forests and jungles or deforestation since the loss of trees affects the temperature of the climate and the patterns and intensities of the rains, in addition, the forest soils without protection of the tree cover, they dry up quickly contributing to the desertification of the soils.

In contrast, a forest in good condition regulates the global climate, harbors great biological wealth, and is home to people who depend directly on it for their livelihood.

Trees play a crucial role in absorbing greenhouse gases, responsible for global warming. Having fewer forests means emitting more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and faster.

The problem is to face the consensual construction of a national environmental policy that addresses especially the governance of the environment between society and authorities, financial support to local institutions for the consultation and installation of policies at the local level, and coordination in the direction towards sustainability.

I am convinced that while the budgetary items are lower than the conservation policies, the greater the costs will be to mitigate the serious effects such as climate change and the loss of forests and jungles.

In Argentina, an environmental analysis carried out by the World Bank affirms that the cost of annual environmental degradation would reach 11% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which represents 47.3 billion dollars per year. Soil degradation, air pollution, deforestation and floods are the main factors that will be affected.

It seems logical that the funds allocated to generate mitigation policies represent a considerable sum within public spending. It is surprising that only 0.2% of the national budget for 2017 is allocated to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

It is to be expected that the current authorities will work to guarantee an adequate response to critical issues such as the water problem, the protection of biodiversity, environmental management, and the conservation and use of all natural resources that contribute to the quality of life. of all Argentines.

There is no worse deaf than the one who does not want to hear ... There is no worse blind than the one who does not want to see ... There is no worse mute than the one who does not want to speak.


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