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iCS’ Newsletter: July/2017
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Deep Dive meeting brings together fifteen philanthropic organizations from Brazil, the U.S. and Europe to discuss the direction of climate change and funding associated with the matter Held between June 19 and 22, the event was organized by ClimateWorks Foundation, with the close collaboration of iCS, CLUA and Instituto Arapyaú.
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Inside iCS
iCS holds a board meeting and discusses its active participation in the 2018 elections For the second time this year, almost all members of the board of iCS got together to discuss the organization’s past, present and future. The highlight of the meeting…
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Workshop organized by iCS and Oak Foundation brings together civil society institutions to discuss their needs for organizational development During the meeting, iCS and Oak also presented how they intend to implement strategies to strengthen institutions.
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Power
With the support of iCS, EPE attended the Clean Energy Ministerial in China The Brazilian delegation formalized the country's joining of the “21st Century Power” and “Solar and Wind” initiatives and of the “Corporate Sourcing of Renewables” and “Advanced Power Plant Flexibility” campaigns.
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Urban Mobility
iCS sends a delegation of municipal government officials and civil society members to attend Velo-City, in the Netherlands During the conference, one of the most discussed topics was the governance and advocacy strategies to convince public managers about the relevance of bicycles.
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Together with Fundo Socioambiental CASA, iCS launches its first public call for projects, focusing on Pedestrian Mobility e Climate Change
Altogether, R$ 150,000 is offered to support up to eight projects, which will receive a maximum of R$ 20,000 each, lasting up to 12 months. Focus is on large metropolitan areas.
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Organizations, many of them iCS grantees, call for postponement of public hearings on bus bidding proceedings in São Paulo
Even so, hearings began. To explain to the population the importance of the theme, Cidade dos Sonhos prepared communication material on the reality of buses.
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Precarious Urban Mobility conditions in Baixada Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, comes into focus during Forum
The 9th Forum Rio, organized by Casa Fluminense, was held on June 10, and addressed an important matter: the improvement of public transportation in the Baixada Fluminense region.
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Climate Change Policy and Economics
International Meeting discusses long-term development strategies and climate change Organized by iCS and the German Embassy, the event also discussed with some of the leading Brazilian climate leaders about the national strategy for transition of the economy towards 2050.
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Rio Clima Forum discusses lack of countrywide articulation on climate change and the challenges for the transition into a low-carbon economy
The Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (Fórum Brasileiro de Mudanças Climáticas - FBMC), with the support of iCS, held the Rio Clima Forum on June 13- 14.
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Museu do Amanhã hosts a reflection about the 25 years since Rio-92
It was a multidisciplinary debate on how far we have gone and the challenges not yet overcome for a low carbon economy.
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Ana Toni and Gustavo Pinheiro, of iCS, met with President Temer, in Brasília, to stress the importance of a State Policy for Climate Change
The meeting aimed to reinforce the importance of having a State Policy to cope with climate change.
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CEBDS survey concludes that greenhouse gas emission reduction goals offer undeniable economic opportunities
Based on Brazil's goals under the Paris Agreement, the survey states: this is an opportunity for the country to reorder its development model on a sustainable basis and…
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What’s Happening in Brazil
Reducing the use of diesel is one of the solutions, along with the increase in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles, to improve air quality in São Paulo Every year, more than 10,000 deaths in Greater São Paulo are closely connected to particulate matter pollution, and one solution is to find cleaner fuels.
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Grants Approved in June
Conectas Direitos Humanos | R$ 50.000 To present in the 25th edition of the SUR Journal of June 2017 articles that highlight the intimate relationship between the exploitation of natural resources and human rights.
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ISER – Instituto de Estudos da Religião | R$ 50.000
To engage religious leaders to act on the agenda of Climate Change and engage other constituencies, through a group of 24 leaders, connecting climate change…
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Centroclima | IES Brasil | R$ 175.000
To design and validate 2050 mitigation scenarios for Brazil that are compatible with the stabilization of global warming within the 1.5°C above pre-industrial…
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CPI – Climate Policy Initiative | R$ 340.000
To identify the barriers for the industrial sector to implement measures related to the efficient use of energy, and to propose policy changes that will foster energy efficiency for industry.
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Highlight
Deep Dive meeting brings together fifteen philanthropic organizations from Brazil, the U.S. and Europe to discuss the direction of climate change and funding associated with the matter

During the meeting, which took place from June 19 to June 22, the 36 participants were able to immerse themselves in different aspects of climate change in Brazil, including the track record of carbon emissions in different sectors, the country's climate commitment, communications about the matter and relationship with specific groups, such as youth groups, indigenous populations, consumers and religious groups.

"We have been able to go deep into several themes and we have brought a diversity of views on important issues in Brazil. The highlight of the meeting was the discussion of the role of the private sector and of civil society during this time of government instability, and what can be done to maintain the status of climate change as a priority matter. The conclusion we reached is that now it is even more relevant to finance climate change projects in different parts of Brazil, so that when the crisis is over, we will have strong and qualified institutions already in place to continue this work. It is critical to be resilient in terms of financing”, said Ana Toni, the Executive Director of iCS.

Among the 37 experts and speakers who took part in the Deep Dive meeting were representatives of the government sector, such as Luiz Barroso, the president of the Energy Research Entity (Empresa de Pesquisa Energética - EPE) and Alessandro Molon, a federal congressman; representatives of the academia, such as André Lucena and Emilio la Rovere (both from UFRJ); in addition to Marina Grossi (CEBDS) and Philipp Hauser (Engie), both active in the private sector. Furthermore, the meeting had the participation of a wide range of representatives of civil society organizations, including entities dedicated specifically to climate change and others that have this theme as one of their targets.

The agenda included panels, roundtables, debates and lots of networking. There was also a dinner with members of the GIFE, to foster dialogue with other Brazilian institutions that are active in private social investment. The Deep Dive meeting ended on June 22 with a visit to the iCS headquarters, so that participants could get a closer look at the organization's work.

The meeting was organized by the ClimateWorks Foundation, with important collaboration from iCS, CLUA (Climate and Land Use Alliance) and the Arapyaú Institute. Oak Foundation, Good Energies Foundation, Hewlett Foundation and CIFF also contributed to the preparation of the event’s agenda.

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Inside iCS
iCS holds a board meeting and discusses its active participation in the 2018 elections
For the second time this year, almost all members of the board of iCS got together to discuss the organization’s past, present and future. The highlight of the meeting was the proposed involvement of the Institute in the 2018 elections, when the President of the Republic and the states’ governors, among others, will be elected. In addition, the board discussed ways to further highlight the relationship that iCS has with society; a relationship that runs so deep that it is part of the Institute’s name.

Workshop organized by iCS and Oak Foundation brings together civil society institutions to discuss the need for organizational development
The Workshop on Organizational Development Needs, managed by the Oak Foundation and by iCS, brought together over 30 civil-society institutions, all of which are grantees of Oak e/or of Clima e Sociedade. Such meeting, which took place on June 5, addressed the organizational development needs of the institutions in attendance and how iCS and Oak could implement strategies to strengthen the institutions. TheCaptamos platform, an online space for learning and exchange of knowledge about fundraising tactics, was presented by João Paulo Vergueiro, its general coordinator. This is an excellent opportunity for third-sector entities to be able to expand their funding methods.
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Power
With the support of iCS, EPE attended the Clean Energy Ministerial in China
The Energy Research Entity (Empresa de Pesquisa Energética - EPE), a strategic partner of iCS, participated, with a delegation headed by its President, Luiz Barroso, in the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) and in the 2nd Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI2), in China. At that time, the Brazilian delegation formalized the country's joining of the “21st Century Power” and “Solar and Wind” initiatives and also of the “Corporate Sourcing of Renewables” and “Advanced Power Plant Flexibility” campaigns. This involvement will allow the country to follow up on and take part in clean energy generation innovations. The expenses of Luiz Barroso’s travel to China were funded by iCS.
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Urban Mobility
iCS sends a delegation of municipal government officials and civil society members to attend Velo-City, in the Netherlands
From June 13 to June 16, the cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, became the global capitals of bicycling. Such cities, which have high-quality bicycling paths, hosted the 2017 edition of Velo-City, the largest global urban planning event focusing on the use of bicycles. iCS supported the attendance of a delegation of six, including four members of the government (Sergio Avelleda, the municipal secretary of Transport of São Paulo; Eveline Trevisan, the Coordinator of PedalaBH of the Belo Horizonte municipal government; Sideney A. Schreiner Jr., the Executive Director of Mobility Planning of the Recife municipal government; and Natália B. Magaldi, the Director of Cycle-mobility of the Brasília municipal government) and two representatives of civil-society partners (JP Amaral, the coordinator of the Bicicleta nos Planos project, and Blé Binnatti, from Transporte Ativo).

During the conference, some of the most discussed themes were governance and advocacy strategies to be adopted in dealings with public officers about the importance of including the use of bicycles in their planning initiatives. This debate is now expected to be expanded within the Brazilian municipalities.

Together with Fundo Socioambiental CASA, iCS launches its first public call for projects, focusing on Pedestrian Mobility e Climate Change

For the first time in its history, iCS launched, in June, a public call for projects. This was the 1st Call for Proposals for Walking Mobility and Climate Change, developed with Fundo Socioambiental CASA, in partnership with grantees Corrida Amiga and Cidade Ativa, responsible for the Como Anda survey. The main objective is to support projects that promote pedestrian mobility in Brazil, especially in large metropolitan areas, in an attempt to make the cities more democratic, economically viable and sustainable.

Altogether, R$150,000 are being offered to support up to eight projects, with a R$20,000 ceiling for each project, to last up to 12 months. Between June 1 and July 3, groups and associations of people with annual budgets of less than R$100 thousand had the opportunity to enroll their initiatives.

Organizations, many of them iCS grantees, call for postponement of public hearings on bus bidding proceedings in São Paulo
Several iCS grantees, such as Ciclocidade, Cidade do Sonhos, Cidadeapé, Greenpeace and IDEC, among others, are closely following the public hearings in São Paulo that deal with bus line bidding proceedings. The organizations, which, together, form a coalition for the improvement of urban mobility in São Paulo, filed, on June 21 a request for postponement. The reason for such request for postponement was that the city’s Mobility and Transport Secretary failed to publish the contents of the call for bids, which prevented civil society from taking a stand. However,on June 27, the hearings began– but, without advertisement, they were largely ignored.
Precarious Urban Mobility conditions in Baixada Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, comes into focus during Forum
The 9th Forum Rio was held on June 10, and addressed an important matter: the improvement of public transportation in the Baixada Fluminense,region, since, according to data from the Ministry of Cities, no municipality in such region has a Municipal Urban Mobility Plan in place. The new municipal administrations, which came into office in 2017, have until April 2018 to draw up their plans and to submit them to the Ministry – under penalty of being unable to receive federal budgetary resources for urban mobility. The serious economic and political crisis in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and how it affected the continuity of numerous public policies in different municipalities, was also on the agenda of the meeting. Transparency and social control; basic sanitation; solid waste; livable city; culture, citizenship and entrepreneurship were also discussed. The 9th Forum Rio was organized by Casa Fluminense, an iCS grantee.
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Climate Change Policy and Economics
International Meeting discusses long-term development strategies and climate change
The "International Meeting on Long-Term Development Strategies and Climate Change" took place in Brasília, on June 27. Such meeting was organized by iCS in partnership with the German Embassy and the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (Fórum Brasileiro de Mudanças Climáticas - FBMC). During the event, speakers from Germany and Mexico shared the experiences of their countries in the drafting of long-term Strategies for Reducing Emissions of Greenhouse Gases, which have been submitted to the UNFCCC. There was also a public debate involving some of the main Brazilian climate leaders on the national strategy for transition into a low-carbon economy. The meeting was broadcasted live and is available on Clima e Sociedade’s Youtube channel. Among those present were Carlos Rittl (the Executive Secretary of Observatório do Clima), Georg Witschel (the German Ambassador to Brazil), and Emmanuel Guerin (the Internal Executive Director of the Pathways to 2050 Platform and Executive Director of Global Policies of the European Climate Foundation – ECF).
Rio Clima Forum discusses lack of countrywide articulation on climate change and the challenges for the transition into a low-carbon economy
The Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (Fórum Brasileiro de Mudanças Climáticas - FBMC), with the support of iCS, held the Rio Clima Forum on June 13-14. The purpose of such forum was, among other discussions, to understand the effectiveness of the 30 working groups, councils, commissions and committees created by the federal government in the last 25 years to discuss the environmental commitments undertaken as a result of Rio-92. One finding highlighted the lack of countrywide articulation about this matter: none of the official entities created was consulted about the strategies for reduction of greenhouse effect gases to be adopted by Brazil under the 2015 Paris Conference.

The forum also discussed the importance of targeting clean infrastructure investments and creating incentive mechanisms to reduce emissions (carbon pricing, for example) as the main challenges in the country’s transition into a low-carbon economy. Ana Toni took part in the closing panel during the first day of the event.
Museu do Amanhã hosts a reflection about the 25 years since Rio-92
Museu do Amanhã chose June 6 as the date to reflect on the "Echoes of Rio-92: 25 Years Later", a multidisciplinary debate on how far we have come and the challenges not yet overcome in the implementation of a low-carbon economy. Ana Toni, the Executive Director of Clima e Sociedade, participated in a panel discussion entitled "Biodiversity, Climate and Desertification: Where are we?". Among the topics covered during the day were the popularization of the notion of economic development with attention to social and environmental issues, which gained strength during the Rio-92, and the current relevance of the discussions held two and a half decades ago.
Ana Toni and Gustavo Pinheiro, of iCS, met with President Temer, in Brasília, to stress the importance of a Countrywide Climate Policy
Ana Toni and Gustavo Pinheiro, the executive director and the coordinator of the Climate Change Policy and Economics Portfolio of iCS, respectively, met with President of the Republic Michel Temer, n Brasília, on June 12. The purpose of the meeting, organized by the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (Fórum Brasileiro de Mudanças Climáticas - FBMC), with the attendance of the upper echelon of government, in addition to members of civil society, was to reinforce the importance of having a countrywide policy to cope with climate change. One phrase that drew attention during the meeting was: "We are facing a political and economic crisis, both of which will pass. The climate crisis won’t." On the same day, Ana and Gustavo also took part in a debate session to mark the 25th anniversary of Rio 92 and of the Climate Convention held by the Federal Senate.
CEBDS survey concludes that greenhouse gas emission reduction goals offer undeniable economic opportunities
Based on Brazil's goals under the Paris Agreement, the survey states: this is an opportunity for the country to reorder its development model on a sustainable basis and to position itself in a more competitive manner as part of the new global agenda to come in effect by 2030. In an article published in O Globo, Marina Grossi, the president of CEBDS (an iCS grantee), mentioned good opportunities for the economy in the sectors of forest and land use, agriculture, energy and low carbon transport infrastructure.
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What’s Happening in Brazil
Reducing the use of diesel is one of the solutions, along with the increase in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles, to improve air quality in São Paulo
Air quality in the greater São Paulo area has improved over the last 30 years, mainly due to emissions control. Although this is good news, the fact remains that the rates are still alarming. That is the conclusion of the study that reviewed air quality in the region, published in the Atmospheric Environment journal. Every year, more than 10,000 deaths in the greater São Paulo area are closely connected to particulate matter pollution, and one solution is to find cleaner fuels, mainly for heavy-duty vehicles that still use diesel – which is highly polluting. Electric and hybrid vehicles can contribute significantly to improve the health of the population, according to the researchers responsible for the study.
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Grants Approved in June
Conectas Direitos Humanos Grant Amount R$ 50.000 Grant Period 6 months Portfólio Others Purpose of Grant: To present in the 25th edition of the SUR Journal of June 2017 articles that highlight the intimate relationship between the exploitation of natural resources and human rights.
ISER – Instituto de
Estudos da Religião
Grant Amount R$ 50.000 Grant Period 4 Months Portfólio Others
Purpose of Grant: To engage religious leaders to act on the agenda of Climate Change and engage other constituencies, through a group of 24 leaders, connecting climate change themes and contents closer to this group; to conduct communication initiatives with the production of written and visual materials, to be delivered and disseminated with a focus on religious groups.
Centroclima | IES Brasil Grant Amount R$ 175.000 Grant Period 7 months Portfólio Climate Change Policy and Economics Purpose of Grant: To design and validate 2050 mitigation scenarios for Brazil that are compatible with the stabilization of global warming within the 1.5°C above pre-industrial revolution levels, giving emphasis to the social and economic consequences of the different scenarios.
CPI – Climate Policy Initiative Grant Amount R$ 340.000 Grant Period 12 months Portfólio Energia Elétrica Purpose of Grant: To identify the barriers for the industrial sector to implement measures related to the efficient use of energy, and to propose policy changes that will foster energy efficiency for industry.
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