Women Environment Secretaries Elected to Lead GCF Task Force in Brazil

Jan 30, 2023

January 27, 2023

Brazil – For the first time since the formalization of the Secretaries of the Environment of the Amazon Forum, women hold the key positions of President and Vice-President of the Forum and the GCF Task Force Brazil.

As part of the protocols and regulations agreed upon by the Secretaries of the Environment of the Amazon on the 27th of this month, the election of the Presidency and Vice-Presidency for the period February 2023 to January 2024 took place.

The Secretary of Environment and Indigenous Policies of Acre, Julie Messias e Silva, was elected President of the Forum of Secretaries of Environment, which since 2019 has been integrated to the Steering Committee of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force and the Sectorial Chamber of Environment of the Interstate Consortium of the Legal Amazon. Julie Messias will lead the work of the bodies she chairs at an important moment when inter-regional cooperation and coordination with the Federal Government is essential to advance the fulfillment of climate commitments in the Amazon.

The Vice Presidency of the GCF Task Force in Brazil is the responsibility of the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Maranhão, Raysa Maciel. This is the first time since the formalization of the Forum that both key positions are held by women, and the first time that they are the main leaders for environmental management in the Legal Amazon. Secretaries Miyuki Yiashida, Taysa Mendonça and Mauren Lazzaretti are members of the group.