The Minister of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Ricardo Lewandowski approved, this Wednesday (22), the agreement between the federal government and the state of Pernambuco for shared management of the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha. The document was signed by president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and by the governor of Pernambuco, Raquel Lyra, during the president’s visit to the state.
For the minister of the STF, with this agreement, the environmental heritage is being valued, as well as the dialogue between the units of the federation and the powers of the Republic.
“We understand that given the importance of this matter, we should try to reach a conciliation. After more than a year of negotiation, of more than 50 meetings, we arrived at a model that can be a paradigm for the whole country, of a shared management of areas of importance for environmental preservation”, said the minister. “We are ushering in a new era, ending litigation and beginning the era of dialogue and harmony,” he added.
The agreement establishes clear milestones for environmental preservation and urban management on the island, with ordering land use. The rules state that the expansion of the urban perimeter cannot occur and irregular constructions must be restrained and demolished, if they are not in compliance with the environmental norms of the archipelago.
Fernando de Noronha’s management began to be questioned in the STF after the government of Jair Bolsonaro asked that the territory be declared the Union’s domain for alleged non-compliance with the sharing agreement signed in 2002. The allegations have always been contested by the government of Pernambuco. Since 1988, the island belongs to the state government.