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iCS's Newsletter: February/2017

In the first month of the year, Clima e Sociedade was active planning for 2017 and monitoring the work of its current grantees. January also marked the departure of Branca Americano, former portfolio coordinator, and the beginning of the selection process for the position of Economy and Climate Policy Portfolio Coordinator.

On the iCS website, an interview with André Degenszajn, the executive secretary of GIFE, addresses the scenario of private social investments in Brazil, and the important role that grantmaking entities – such as Clima e Sociedade – play in the development of the country. In São Paulo, an increase of the speed limits in the cities’ main highways, ordered by Mayor João Dória, has been prompting protests by grantees of the urban mobility portfolio.

Find these and other news below.

HIGHLIGHTS

INSIDE ICS
iCS team goes on a teambuilding retreat  |  In an interview to iCS, André Degenszajn, of GIFE, talks about private social investment in Brazil and the goals for 2017

POWER
Power Portfolio plans important events for 2017

URBAN MOBILITY
Ciclocidade, an iCS grantee, has filed a lawsuit against the increased speed limits in São Paulo’s main highways  |  Technical Notebooks for Urban Mobility Projects have been launched, with the support of WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentáveis  |  The first month in office of the new mayors has seen some setbacks and few news in the area of mobility

CLIMATE POLICY
Branca Americano, coordinator of the Climate Policy portfolio, leaves iCS  |  Engajamundo wins international competition and will present project in Germany

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL
New Brazilian Water Resources planning will take into account the effects of climate change

INSIDE ICS

iCS team goes on a teambuilding retreat
The iCS team went on a retreat on January 31 and February 1, at an inn in Sinal do Vale (Xerém, Rio de Janeiro). For two days, with the support of an external consultant, Clima e Sociedade carried out exercises to encourage the integration of its team and decision making about the internal operation of iCS. It was a great opportunity to bring the team together and have frank conversations.

In an interview to iCS, André Degenszajn, of GIFE, talks about private social investment in Brazil and the goals for 2017
iCS interviewed the executive secretary of GIFE (Grupo de Estudos Fundações e Empresas), André Degenszajn. The conversation focused on the results of the GIFE Census, the main survey on private social investment in Brazil, and on the Key Facts, which is a report that examines the data obtained from the 2014 Census. During the talk, André discussed the strategic planning of the organization – of which Clima e Sociedade is a member – for the next years, its main goals for 2017 and the importance of grantmaking institutions in Brazil, such as iCS. He also made an account of his time as head of GIFE, a position that he is leaving in February. Find the full interview here.

POWER

Power Portfolio plans important events for 2017
In 2017, the iCS Power Portfolio will be involved in the organization of several important events in the area.
In March, iCS will hold the fourth event in partnership with Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE): the “Financing Mechanisms for Energy Efficiency in Brazil” workshop, which will have the involvement of the financial sector, including Febraban, BNDES, private and state-owned banks. In the same line, a meeting is being planned to discuss building efficiency. These events provide subsidies for EPE to develop the elaboration of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan, requested by the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
In June, the International Energy Agency will hold its annual energy efficiency training week. The first two editions of this event were held in Paris, where the headquarters of the organization are located, and the third, to be held in 2017, will take place in Rio de Janeiro. iCS supports this initiative. 120 to 130 new members of staff and government officials from several different countries that have energy efficiency programs in place are expected to attend.

URBAN MOBILITY

Ciclocidade, an iCS grantee, has filed a lawsuit against the increased speed limits in São Paulo’s main highways
When he took office as the new mayor of São Paulo, João Dória decided to fulfill his campaign promise: increase the speed limits on the Pinheiros and Tietê marginal highways, the two busiest thoroughfares in the city. Ciclocidade, a Clima e Sociedade grantee, filed a Public Civil Action against such order, arguing that the reduced speed limits (promoted by the former administration) should be maintained, as they had caused a drop in the number of crashes and collisions. The increased speed limits are expected to boost the risk of accidents. Ciclocidade was actually granted an injunction by the courts, which stayed the mayor’s order – but such injunction has since been reversed. The NGO announced it would appeal against such decision.

Technical Notebooks for Urban Mobility Projects have been launched, with the support of WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentáveis
The Ministry of Cities launched, in December, the publication Technical Notebooks for Urban Mobility Projects, developed by the National Urban Mobility Office, with the technical support of ANPTrilhos and WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentáveis, an iCS grantee. The collection, which includes three volumes, defines the criteria applicable to the implementation of urban mobility infrastructure systems, such as BRT corridors, as well as active transportation systems, such as sidewalks and cycling infrastructure.

The first month in office of the new mayors has seen some setbacks and few news in the area of mobility
January has been the first month in office of the new mayors in most of the major cities of Clima e Sociedade’s Urban Mobility Portfolio – only Recife’s mayor has been reelected, and he maintained the same Urban Mobility and Control officer. Please find below the first actions taken and intentions expressed by the mobility and transportation officers of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Recife.

Rio de Janeiro
Fernando MacDowell
Municipal Transportation Officer and Vice-Mayor
Status: Newly appointed
  • Possible transfer of the subway system to the responsibility of the municipality
  • Proposed reduction of speed limits in BRT corridors
  • Possible revision of BRT fare
São Paulo
Sergio Avelleda
Municipal Mobility and Transportation Officer
Status: Newly appointed
  • On January 25, São Paulo mayor, João Dória, officially increased the speed limit for automobiles in the Tietê and Pinheiros marginal highways
  • Bidding to operate a new bus service is expected to take place
Recife
João Braga
Urban Mobility and Control Officer
Status: Has been in office since 2013
  • During his last tenure, implemented Faixa Azul and Zonas 30
  • In January 2017, there was a 14% increase in bus fare in the Greater Recife area
Belo Horizonte
Maria Fernandes Caldas
Urban Services Municipal Officer
Status: Newly appointed
  • Has served as Urban Planning officer, Planning, Budget and Information officer and Urban Policies officer of Belo Horizonte
  • No concrete actions have been announced by her office.
CLIMATE POLICY

Branca Americano, coordinator of the Climate Policy portfolio, leaves iCS
Branca Americano left iCS at the end of January. Part of the original DNA of the organization, when it was still known as Ical/Larci, in 2013, “Branca contributed, in a definitive manner, to iCS’s decision to support players and initiatives that promote a strategic vision of long-term planning, towards the construction of a fairer, low-carbon Brazil”, wrote Ana Toni, director of Clima e Sociedade, in an official statement.
iCS has initiated a selection process to choose the new professional to head the Economy and Climate Policy Portfolio.

Engajamundo wins international competition and will present project in Germany
Engajamundo, a Clima e Sociedade grantee, has won the Youth and the Environment competition, of the European Environmental Agency (EEA), and will have the opportunity to present their work on youth and climate change in Germany. With 5 thousand likes in the EEA Facebook page, the Brazilian entity beat projects presented by young students from Germany, Vietnam and Ghana. According to the organizers, Engajamundo brings the reality of global warming closer to Brazilian youths through workshops and activities held all over the country.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL

New Brazilian Water Resources planning will take into account the effects of climate change
The new Brazilian water resources planning, to cover the period until the year 2020, will take into account the effects of climate change, according to the Minister of the Environment. According to the head of the Water Resources Department of the Ministry, Sergio Gonçalves, water resources planning must be in line with the international commitments undertaken by the country, such as the Paris Agreement.
Certain Brazilian regions are facing a water crisis, which is worsened by climate changes and water management problems. The draught has affected the productive capability of hydroelectric plants and could cause an increase in the use of non-renewable energy sources. Please refer to the news article published by Observatório do Clima.


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