Rodrigo Agostinho, former coordinator of the Environmentalist Parliamentary Front, will take over the command of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama). The information was confirmed by ((o))eco on the evening of this Friday (13) after the indication was leaked by the press.
“It was supposed to be a note from the minister, but it ended up being leaked. Yes, it is true. I am already helping voluntarily and will definitely take over soon”, Agostinho confirmed to our report.
Agostinho, who graduated in law and environmental sciences, began public life in the interior of São Paulo, when he was elected Bauru’s youngest council member, municipality where he was twice mayor and municipal secretary of the area. He was executive manager of Instituto Arapyaú (2016-2018), working in the field of law, with an emphasis on public, administrative and environmental law. He has a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Technology with an emphasis on Conservation Ecology.
During his political activity he was a member of the National Council for the Environment (Conama) for more than 10 years and is a member of the World Commission for Environmental Law of the IUCN (International Union for Nature Conservation). In the Chamber, he was coordinator of the Environmentalist Parliamentary Front between 2020 and 2022, and president of the Commission for the Environment and Sustainable Development (CMADS), between 2019 and 2021.
Agostinho will replace AGU attorney and lawyer Eduardo Fortunato Bim, who has been president of Ibama for the past four years. Under his command, Ibama maintained a high turnover of posts in the coordination responsible for environmental inspection, changed the processes for the collection of fines and the agency began to act less, mainly in the Amazon.
The member of parliament should take up the post at the end of his term as federal deputy for São Paulo, which ends on January 31. For now, as already advanced by ((o))eco, Ibama is under the interim command of environmental analyst Jair Schmitt, a career server at the agency.