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Brazilian prize-winning climatologist Carlos Nobre is calling for a bioeconomic plan to save the Amazon by drawing on its wealth of berries and nuts—an idea championed at a key Vatican summit.
"The Amazon has great economic potential," said Nobre, who has studied the tropical habitat for 40 years and contributed to a scientific report for the special three-week assembly of Catholic bishops on the Pan-Amazonian region.
Bioeconomy - Production - Resources - Products - Food
Bioeconomy is the production of renewable biological resources which are used in products such as food and medicines.
"The forest generates more valuable products for the present and the future than could be gained by destroying it and replacing it with agricultural or mining land," Nobre told AFP.
Science - Solutions - Risks - Economy - Standing
"Science must seek solutions and not just talk about risks. We have to create an economy to keep the forest standing," he said, adding that the possibilities were "endless" and would benefit indigenous people too.
Nobre was the lead author of the IPCC report into climate change, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Scientists - Recommendations - Facts - Assembly - Vatican
Some 42 international scientists drew up recommendations and compiled facts for the assembly or "synod" at the Vatican.
The Amazon's natural bounty—plants, bacteria, mosses, and lichens—could be used in the pharmaceutical, food or cosmetics sectors if investments were made in the creation of high-value bio-industries and technologies, they say.
Boasts - Berries - Properties - Palm - Trees
The forest boasts acai berries (with medicinal properties), babassu palm trees (oil used in cosmetics), chestnuts and cocoa.
Strict - Standards - Harvesting - Resources - Rights
Strict ecological standards could be set for the harvesting of such resources, while protecting the rights of local populations.
"For a middle class to emerge in the Amazon, forest products need to be given added value," said Nobre, a guest at the assembly, which has called for more be...
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