Preparations to receive philanthropy leaders in Rio de Janeiro in June
Preparations for the "Deep Dive" meeting, to be held in June, proceed in a fast pace, under the leadership of ClimateWorks. The title of the event is “A Strategy Meeting for Philanthropy Leaders in the Climate Area: opportunities, challenges and levers for the impact on climate change through investments in Brazil”. It is a one-week meeting and it will be held in Rio de Janeiro. It will be attended by important philanthropic institutions based in Europe, USA and Brazil. Since 2016, iCS and CLUA have been working together with ClimateWorks to define the agenda and the list of invited guests, and for that purpose received a valuable contribution from Arapyaú Institute and input from various philanthropic organizations that will participate on the event.
Inter-American Forum on Strategic Philanthropy had a speech from Luiza de Mello e Souza, from iCS, on grantor-grantee relationship
Luiza de Mello e Souza, iCS Institutional Relations Manager, spoke at the Inter-American Forum on Strategic Philanthropy (FIFE) in April in Foz do Iguaçu. FIFE was attended by 500 philanthropy professionals from different areas. Luiza's speech was about the relationship between funder and grantee, and she discussed sensitive issues as power, partnership, trust, and monitoring. According to Luiza, the FIFE is an important event for training and exchange of experience in philanthropy and her speech provided an opportunity to share some experience from working both in making and receiving grants.
Corrida Amiga launches campaign for citizens to report issues on sidewalks, streets and squares that jeopardize pedestrians
O Instituto Corrida Amiga, an iCS grantee, launched the Calçada Cilada campaign together with partner organizations. The idea is to mobilize city people to identify problems on sidewalks, avenues, streets and squares, such as holes, steps, wrong poles and several hindrances that jeopardize pedestrians' come and go. Photos and reports shall be posted in the Colab application, made available by the campaign organizers for iOS and Android, beside hashtag #cilada. This initiative has already more than a thousand reports from all over Brazil, and narrow, potholed, irregular and obstructed sidewalks are the more frequent problems.
São Paulo Mayor João Dória wants to remove bike lanes from the capital and says there is a conflict of interests between cyclists and tradesmen
On April 20, São Paulo Mayor João Dória said he intends to remove bike lanes, especially in the capital’s periphery, "mainly where they cannot be used safely (...) and where bikes are not used". According to him, there is a conflict of interests between cyclists and tradesmen. Cycling advocates who are Instituto Clima e Sociedade grantees, such as Willian Cruz from Vá de Bike and Daniel Guth from Ciclocidade, reacted against this measure. According to Cruz, removing the bike lanes means putting people's lives at risk. Guth emphasizes that polarization between cyclists and tradesmen made by the Mayor causes the risk of new conflicts.
Cidade dos Sonhos submits review of Target Plan for the City of São Paulo for 2017-2020
At the end of March, São Paulo city hall launched the 2017-2020 Target Plan. Cidades dos Sonhos, an iCS grantee, analyzed the targets and lines of action submitted and, together with thematic partners, organized papers with suggestions to make the Plan more feasible and susceptible of being monitored by people. In order to increase the visibility of such review during public inquiry period, the #MetasDeSP campaign was launched on April 18, which gathered street actions,
online pressure platform
and social media posting materials.
“This effort is important because one of the biggest challenges for cities is how policies and urban mobility planning survive to mayor’s exchange. It is of utmost importance to reinforce continuity and commitment on the Target Plan, and this is what Cidade dos Sonhos and partners are trying to do in São Paulo", says Walter Figueiredo de Simoni, Coordinator of Clima e Sociedade Urban Mobility portfolio.
WRI Brazil launches two publications on urban mobility during the 4th EMDS; iCS participates as panel guest on active mobility
During the 4th Meeting of Municipalities with Sustainable Development (EMDS) in Brasilia, WRI Brasil launched two important publications to qualify the discussions on urban mobility in Brazil, which help to scale up the work that iCS performs with its grantees: The 8 Sidewalk Principles and Safe Accesses. Paula Santos, Coordinator of urban mobility and accessibility from WRI, was responsible for their promotion on the third TUMI - Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative brief course.
Clima e Sociedade was represented in the event by Walter Figueiredo De Simoni, who participated in a panel on active mobility and public spaces together with Clarisse Linke, from ITDP, JP Amaral, from Bike Anjo (both iCS grantees) and Fabio Ney Damasceno, Federal District Mobility Secretary. “It was an excellent discussion with the participation of many municipalities and great experience exchange” said Walter.
On an interview to iCS, Alfredo Sirkis speaks about the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change and the Brazilian political scenario on the theme
Alfredo Sirkis has a first major challenge on the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (FBMC): involve Public Power, which endures a huge political crisis, private sector and civil society on the discussions and technical analysis that should support the Brazilian paper with government actions and targets to meet the promises of the Brazilian Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).
On an exclusive interview to iCS, he speaks openly about the political difficulties to proceed with the climate agenda, the Brazilian potential to contribute to negative greenhouse gas emissions and the importance of philanthropy to the theme.
Clima e Sociedade takes part on discussions in three Thematic Chambers of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change: Long-term Vision, Transport and Mobility and Power
Clima e Sociedade believes that dialogue with all society spheres is essential to achieve the targets set forth by the Brazilian NDC. For this reason, it takes part in three Brazilian Forum on Climate Change Thematic Chambers, which analyze sectors of society and the capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The chambers are: Long-term Vision, Transport and Mobility, and Power. The Chamber dedicated to Long-term Vision held its first meeting on April 13.
Ana Toni attends the Annual Meeting of Observatório do Clima
Ana Toni was the only grantor who attended the
Observatório do Clima annual meeting, held at Associação de Preservação do Meio Ambiente e da Vida (Apremavi) headquarters in Atalanta, Santa Catarina. Attended by 43 people, it was a productive three-day meeting in which Observatório do Clima (O.C.) celebrated its 15th anniversary and discussed future actions of the network and its governance. Among the topics addressed on Observatório do Clima strategic planning is the implementation of the Brazilian NDC of 1.5oC. As a consequence of the discussions, O.C. launched the Atalanta Letter, a paper protesting against the coordinated attack by the National Congress and Michel Temer government to environmental protection and traditional people rights.
Thelma Krug deixa cargo de Diretora de Políticas de Combate ao Desmatamento do Ministério do Meio Ambiente
Thelma Krug is no longer Director of Deforestation Prevention Policy at the Ministry of Environmen (MMA). Krug is IPCC Vice President and one of the creators of Prodes, a satellite system that monitors deforestation annually. According to Observatório do Clima, an iCS grantee, she left because of standoffs with Marcelo Cruz, Ministry of Environment Executive Secretary - he is supposed to have questioned the deforestation data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), to which Krug is linked. He would have stated that Prodes only detects deforestation larger than 6.25 hectares. INPE, on the other hand, asserts that all information is check, but only shows the largest deforestation in primary forests in order to maintain the comparability of historical series. Biologist Jair Schmitt, Ibama's Environmental Surveillance General Coordinator, has replaced Krug.
Jorge Viana is responsible for the Commission on Climate Change of the National Congress and holds a public hearing on the Paris Agreement
Jorge Viana, a (PT) Senator from Acre, took office as President of the Permanent Joint Commission on Climate Change of the National Congress. On April 5, he held the first public hearing as head of the Commission to discuss the Paris Agreement and the changes announced by US President Donald Trump on the US environmental policy. In March, when he took office, Viana assured that he intends to bring about a debate to society on collective mass transport changes, considering electric transport and other technological solutions that provide innovation to the sector.
Indigenous groups protest in Brasilia against public policies and in favor of land demarcation
Approximately 4,000 indigenous people from different Brazilian states went to Brasília in the last week of April to protest against the reduction of peoples' rights. Among the main claims are the identification, demarcation and protection of indigenous lands, improvement on health and education systems and complaining about the scrapping of the National Indian Foundation (Funai). During a peaceful act on April 27, Indians filed the final paper of the 14th Free Land Camp, in some ministries and Palácio do Planalto. The content, besides listing the claims, has a political nature and invites Brazilian society and the international community to join on the fight to defend the land of the original Brazilian people.
Instituto Centro de Vida
Purpose of grant: The project aims to consolidate a Socio-Environmental Independent Participatory Monitoring Network of Hydroelectric Power Stations in the Amazon concerning Climate Change. The consolidation of this Network will take place through two main goals: increase the knowledge on the electric sector, planning and climate changes in civil society of such Network – specially on the third sector, social movements and focus on Indigenous People; Increase the participation of civil society on the monitoring of hydroelectric stations in the Amazon by means of a Socio-Environmental Independent Monitoring Network in Tocantins, Tapajós and Xingu basins.
Instituto Nossa BH
Purpose of grant: The project proposes actions focusing on the transition process of the Observatório da Mobilidade Urbana in Belo Horizonte (ObsMob-BH) in view of the recent government change scenario, ensuring its continuity on a more democratic and transparent basis. It intends to prepare the ObsMob-BH to be progressively assumed by civil society, involving and training active social actors, propose and monitor the formation of a Metropolitan ObsMob. It also intends to record Belo Horizonte experience to facilitate replicability in other contexts and cities, as well as bring about discussions and produce reference documents that contribute to local action for the sake of sustainable urban mobility.
EOS Consultoria em Sustentabilidade e Estratégia Ambiental
Climate Change Policy and Economics
Purpose of grant: Understand the differences between several modeling structures of mitigation scenarios to proceed with a well-informed debate on cost-effective climate policies for Brazil.
CEBDS – Marina Grossi
Climate Change Policy and Economics
Purpose of grant: Support Marina Grossi's participation in the 2nd Annual Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, which will be held in Washington DC on April 20, 2017.