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FIERGS – Federation of Industries of the State of Rio Grande do Sul-is a partner of the 6th Forest Fair and parallel events that happen between the 4th and 6th of April 2017 in Gramado/RS. In early October a forest sector committee had already talked with the President of the entity, Heitor Müller. Now official, Muller was already present in the 4th and 5th Edition of the forest.

Through the forest-based industry Committee and furniture (BASED), FIERGS collaborated in the defense of the Bill 145/2016 approved in the Legislative Assembly and establishing new parameters for forestry. With the legal framework, the planted forests, they have the possibility of a more agile licensing. The goal is to stimulate especially the work in small areas with plantations of Eucalyptus, Pine and Acacia, the most common crops in the State. They are related to the furniture industry, and footwear, among others.

"The fact is that our State, since 2008, has adopted one of the most restrictive regimes in the country, imposed investment losses since its deployment," argues HeItor Müller. With the new guidelines approved, licensing that before required a series of documents becomes more simple in some cases. "In other words, there will be an effective contribution to sustainability, in that it stimulates income generation with social and economic impact from small properties to large areas, keeping the environmental care needed," says the President of FIERGS. In practice, projects an important breakthrough for the Rio Grande do Sul economy from the perspective of forest-based businesses to resume stagnant projects in recent years.

The 6th Forest Fair occurs between the 4th and 6th of April 2017, at Expogramado, in Gramado/RS.