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iCS’ Newsletter: April/2018
Inside iCS
International Meeting on Climate and Security to be held in May
Organized by iCS, by the German Embassy and by the International Relations Institute of PUC-Rio, the event is the third in the Sustainable Future Dialogues series
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Low Carbon Economy
Business Forum on Socio-environmental Impact in the Amazon discusses bottlenecks, difficulties, challenges and financial instruments
Organized by BNDES, the event was attended by iCS and several grantees, such as IDESAM and ISA
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Annual Meeting of Observatório do Clima ends with 9 proposed initiatives for the next 12 months
More than 40 representatives of organizations that form the OC network were present. iCS, WWF-Brasil, Engajamundo and Greenpeace Brasil, among others, sent representatives
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Brazilian Forum on Climate Change holds meetings on economic instruments for the implementation of the Brazilian NDC
iCS actively participates in the talks on low carbon taxation and elimination of carbon-intensive subsidies and on the Brazilian carbon market and its pricing
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Energy
Renewable Roraima Project seeks solutions to the frequent power outages in this state The state is the only one in Brazil that is not part of the national interconnected system of energy, and iCS, along with the Ministry of Mines and Energy and universities, tries to find faster solutions in the areas of efficiency and renewable sources of energy
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Climate Policy and Outreach
BRICS Policy Center, through its Socio-environmental Platform, holds a debate on “Dialogues on Governance and the Implementation of the Paris Agreement”
With the support of iCS, the event discussed the strategies adopted by Brazil and Germany in the implementation of the Agreement and the transformations affecting climate regime and global governance. Ana Toni was the mediator
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The 10th GIFE Congress debated Brazil, Democracy and Sustainable Development
One of the themes of the conversation was Climate, identified by the last GIFE Census as one of the themes with the lowest level of prominence in the eyes of the Brazilian private social investors
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Event discusses the creation of the Brazilian Legislative Observatory
With the support of iCS, OLB will enable citizens and civil society organizations engaged in advocacy activities to produce performance assessments of congress representatives on various issues
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8th Edition of the World Water Forum is held in Brasília and discusses the importance of water and its role across several themes
iCS actively participated in the debates, such as on March 22, when Ana Toni was one of the members of the 'Water in the Media' roundtable, as part of the Water Arena program
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High Level Workshop promoted by FBMC with senior players in the climate sector analyzes the Initial Proposal of Implementation of the Brazilian NDC
The objective was to allow the proposal to be reviewed by the largest possible number of individuals with intense participation in the theme over the last 30 years
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Transport
Exhibition in the São Paulo subway highlights the importance and advantages of walking
The goal of Corrida Amiga, which is the organizer of the exhibition, with support from iCS, is to present a look at the city and its walking population, and at the integration between walking and other modes of transportation, such as buses, subways and trains
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With support from iCS, Movimento Nossa BH holds an Workshop on Urban Mobility and Emissions
Walter Figueiredo de Simoni, coordinator of the Transport Portfolio of Clima e Sociedade, spoke about mobility and its insertion in the global context of climate change
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Project Contagem a Pé provides information on safer and faster pedestrian routes in the region of Eldorado, in Contagem
The Initiative was one of the winners in the I Call for Proposals for Walking Mobility and Climate Change, a partnership between Fundação Casa and iCS
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What’s Happening in Brazil
Legislative Bill to authorize sugarcane farming in the Legal Amazon region returns to the Senate agenda Sugarcane farming in the Amazon has been banned for eight years. Reverting this ban would be tragic for forests and the biofuel industry in Brazil
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Grants Approved in March
GBC - Green Building Council - Brazil | R$ 180.000
To disseminate the Zero Energy Building concept, standards and procedures, in order to increase the number of certified ZE buildings.
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IEI - International Energy Initiative - Brasil| R$ 12.000
To make an initial estimate of the wasted electricity due to inefficient air-conditioners and the resulting systemic costs for the power sector.
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Inside iCS
International Meeting on Climate and Security to be held in May

Organized by iCS, by the German Embassy and by the International Relations Institute of PUC-Rio, the event is the third in the Sustainable Future Dialogues series The International Meeting on Climate and Security, the third event in the Sustainable Future Dialogues series will take place in May, at PUC-Rio. Focusing on a reflection on security and defense challenges caused by climate change at the national and international levels, the meeting is held by iCS, by the German Embassy in Brazil and by the International Relations Institute of PUC-Rio (IRI). For further information, please contact comunicacao@gip.net.br

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Low Carbon Economy
Business Forum on Socio-environmental Impact in the Amazon discusses bottlenecks, difficulties, challenges and financial instruments

iCS and several grantees, such as IDESAM, ISA, IMAZON and IMAFLORA, participated in the Business Forum on Social and Environmental Impact in the Amazon. Held in São Paulo on March 16 and organized by the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), the event promoted meetings and debates to identify opportunities and to develop a Social Finance and Business ecosystem in the Amazon region. To this end, three panels were organized: “Business Cases involving Socio-Environmental Impact in the Amazon”, “Bottlenecks, Difficulties and Challenges for Businesses with Socio-Environmental Impact in the Amazon” and “Investment Vehicles and Financial Instruments for Businesses with Socio-Environmental Impacts in the Amazon”.

Annual Meeting of Observatório do Clima ends with 9 proposed initiatives for the next 12 months

The Annual Meeting of Observatório do Clima (OC), an iCS grantee, took place from March 6 to 8 at the headquarters of Imaflora Brasil, in Piracicaba. In all, more than 40 representatives of OC partner organizations were in attendance, including iCS, WWF-Brasil, Engajamundo, Greenpeace Brasil, Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica, WRI, Fundação Grupo Boticário, IDEC and Idesam, among others. During the three days of the meeting, an intense agenda was discussed, involving the main objectives pursued by Observatório do Clima, reflections on the role of the network and its strengthening. At the end of the meeting, nine proposals for actual initiatives for the next 12 months were presented.

Brazilian Forum on Climate Change holds meetings on economic instruments for the implementation of the Brazilian NDC

The Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (FBMC), which is about to submit to the President of the Republic the Initial Implementation Proposal for the Brazilian NDC, held two workshops, on March 1 and March 9, dealing with Economic Instruments. The first workshop, held at the World Bank headquarters in Brasilia, focused on “Low Carbon Taxation and elimination of carbon-intensive subsidies” to address the new economic instruments for decarbonization. Among the discussions that were held at that time were carbon taxation, the revision of tax rates based on carbon intensity and the gradual elimination of carbon-intensive subsidies.

The second workshop shed light on the “Brazilian Carbon Market and its Pricing” and was held at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro. On the agenda were discussions on the carbon market and the advances in positive pricing in Brazil and abroad.

iCS participated actively in the discussions.

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Energy
Renewable Roraima Project seeks solutions to the frequent power outages in the state

At the end of March, iCS started the Roraima project. The state is the only one in Brazil that is not linked to the national interconnected system of energy. The electricity consumed in Roraima is either diesel-generated or originates from a hydroelectric plant and needs to be transmitted from Venezuela to Boa Vista, the capital city of the state. With the crisis in that country, there is a lack of adequate maintenance in the transmission lines, which causes the inhabitants of Boa Vista to face many blackouts. The solution so far has been to increase the use of diesel to generate energy and to make up for this loss.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy created a Working Group to solve the situation, with analysis of medium-term solutions, to be implemented in 1 to 2 years. Clima e Sociedade, together with the MME, develops the Roraima project to supplement this work and to generate faster alternatives, such as promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources: solar, wind and biomass. The project involves students from the Federal University of Roraima and the Federal Technical Institute; funding from the ClimateWorks Foundation has been secured and the project is now awaiting approval from the Mott Foundation .

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Climate Policy and Outreach
BRICS Policy Center, through its Socio-environmental Platform, holds a debate on “Dialogues on Governance and the Implementation of the Paris Agreement”

The BRICS Policy Center/ BRICS Center for Studies and Research, a joint initiative of the Municipal Government of the City of Rio de Janeiro and the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-RJ), is the organizer of the Socio-Environmental Platform . On March 6, the Platform held the debate “Dialogues on Governance and the Implementation of the Paris Agreement”, with panels on transformations affecting climate change and global governance, as well as the implementation strategies of the Paris Agreement by Brazil and Germany . The event, which was supported by iCS, had Ana Toni as its mediator.

The 10th GIFE Congress debated Brazil, Democracy and Sustainable Development

The 10th GIFE Congress, held at Fecomércio, in São Paulo, took place from april 4-6. With the general theme “Brazil, Democracy and Sustainable Development”, one of the discussion tracks was aimed at shedding light on issues that are less evident when it comes to private social investment, based on data from the GIFE Census released in December 2017. Such issues include Climate, Science, Women's rights, Gender Equality and Public Security, among others. The discussion roundtable on climate was organized by iCS and by Observatório do Clima, with presentations by Alice Amorim, representing iCS, and Carlos Rittl, representing Observatório do Clima., who discussed the challenges and the importance of the topic. In the future, this content will be made available in the form of a “thematic primer”. In addition, Ana Toni was mediator of the panel “Brazil and social investment: ways to strengthen democracy and public life”.

Event discusses the creation of the Brazilian Legislative

An association between NECON (Nucleus of Congressional Studies) and LEMEP (Laboratory of Media Studies and the Public Sphere), both part of IESP, the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro, will launch, by June, the Brazilian Legislative Observatory (OLB). This will be an instrument through which citizens and civil society organizations can produce assessments of the performance of congressmen (federal deputies and senators) in relation to various topics that are relevance to the public. The OLB is supported by iCS and was discussed at an event held on March 22 and 23, in Brasilia.

“We have a double objective: the main one is to help advocacy groups in their relationship with congressmen, with a deeper knowledge of the behavior of each of them when it comes to matters of interest. In the administrative part of the website, access to which will be restricted to NGOs and advocacy entities, there will be a very extensive database on the development of legislative projects and the participation of all deputies and senators. Each project and the work of the congressmen will be codified once they are on the platform and, thus, it will be possible to generate a ranking of activity specific to each theme, to cross data and so on”, explains João Feres Junior of IESP, who is one of the creators of OLB. “The other purpose is to use it as a tool of citizenship, in the part that is open to the general public. The voter will be able to assess how each congressman behaves with regard to each specific theme.”

8th Edition of the World Water Forum is held in Brasília and discusses the importance of water and its role across several themes

Between March 18 and 23, Brasília hosted the World Water Forum, which, for the first time, was held in the Southern Hemisphere. According to the organization, it was the biggest event to date, with more than 120 thousand people from 172 different countries, including 109.6 thousand visitors to Vila Cidadã and to the Fair, in addition to 10,600 forum attendants. An important innovation of this 8th edition was the participation of the Judiciary, with a Conference that brought together Judges and Prosecutors from 57 countries, which led to the issue of the document known as Brasília Letter.

iCS participated actively in the event. On March 22, Ana Toni was one of the members of the debate roundtable dealing with the role of the media in promoting sustainable attitudes, which was organized by the platform Menos é Mais, launched in 2015 by TV Globo as a conscious consumption mobilization tool. With the mediation of journalist Sônia Bridi, Toni highlighted that reflections on conscious consumption go beyond the environmental issue.

“The media plays a big role in helping people to think outside the box. Water is a theme that affects the economy, health and transportation. This is important for us to have more propositions that look at people's daily lives”, she explained.

High Level Workshop promoted by FBMC with senior players in the climate sector analyzes the Initial Proposal of Implementation of the Brazilian NDC

On March 5, at the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development, the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (FBMC) held the High Level NDC workshop, with the participation of iCS and several partners and senior players in the climate sector, such as Tasso Azevedo (SEEG), Sergio Margulis (International Institute for Sustainability), Sergio Besserman (Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens), Georg Witsel (German Ambassador), Marcelo Furtado (Coalizão Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura), Carlos Minc and Izabela Teixeira (former Ministers of the Environment), José Sarney Filho (current Minister of the Environment) e Alfredo Sirkis (FBMC). The high-level seminar included former ministers, negotiating team members, NGO leaders and scholars, among others, who had not taken direct part in the discussion process of the nine Thematic Chambers of FBMC or in the four multi-criteria analysis workshops, held between March and October 2017. The objective was to allow the proposal to be reviewed by the largest possible number of individuals with intense participation in the theme over the last 30 years.

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Transport
Exhibition in the São Paulo subway highlights the importance and advantages of walking

In order to show the importance and advantages of walking as a means of transportation, Instituto Corrida Amiga, with funding from iCS, opened on March 8, in the São Paulo subway, the exhibition “A Pé Também é Transporte” (“Walking is also a means of Transportation”). Based on texts and photos by photographer Hugo Peroni, the exhibition presents a look at the city and its walking population, as well as examples of inter/multimodality modes of transportation, with the combination of walking and bicycles and public transportation. The exhibition can be seen at the stations of Sé (March), Paraiso (April) and Santana (May), all of which are used by a large number of people. For further details, click here.

With support from iCS, Movimento Nossa BH holds an Workshop on Urban Mobility and Emissions

Held by Movimento Nossa BH as part of the Social Observatory of Urban Mobility of Belo Horizonte - ObservamosBH, the Workshop on Urban Mobility and Emissions “Let’s Change Mobility, not the Climate” took place on March 22 to provide knowledge and provoke reflections with an emphasis on stimulating social participation in the formulation and control of the municipal and metropolitan policies of Belo Horizonte. With support from BHTRANS, the Environment Office and iCS, the event was attended by Walter Figueiredo de Simoni, who was the presenter of the panel “How urban mobility fits into the general context of climate change: challenges and local perspectives” and the mediator of debates. The event was also attended by other Clima e Sociedade grantees, such as representatives of ITDP and Casa Fluminense.

Project Contagem a Pé provides information on safer and faster pedestrian routes in the region of Eldorado, in Contagem

The Eldorado region, in Contagem, begins to see the fruits of the initiative that was one of the winners of the First Call for Proposals for Walking Mobility and Climate Change, a partnership between Fundação Casa and iCS. 12 totems and 5 signs will be implemented by the project “Contagem a Pé”, with information on safer and faster routes for pedestrians. The neighborhood that was selected for the project, which houses the main economic hub of Contagem, receives 32 thousand people every day, according to data provided by IBGE. “Contagem a Pé will promote knowledge of the territory, ensure that people have a right to the city, highlight points of interest to citizens, improve routes, always prioritizing safety, stimulating the integration of walking and public transport mobility and fostering the practice of walking”, explained the organizers.

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What’s Happening in Brazil
Legislative Bill to authorize sugarcane farming in the Legal Amazon region returns to the Senate agenda

Legislative Bill 626/2011, proposed by Senator Flexa Ribeiro (PSDB-PA), which authorizes sugarcane farmingin the Legal Amazon region (which has been banned for eight years) has resurfaced in March 2018 and is expected to be voted soon by the Federal Senate. In addition to being an absolutely tragic project for the forests and for the biofuel industry in Brazil, it is also unnecessary for the sugar and alcohol industry, since the sugarcane zoning, approved by a decree in 2009, authorizes the expansion of sugarcane farming by 70 million hectares - 10 times the expansion area projected for the crop by 2020. Organized civil society and Coalizão Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura (a multisectoral movement that brings together over 150 companies, business associations, research centers and civil society entities) expressed their opposition to the legislative bill. Brazilian civil society needs to be constantly on the alert to avoid setbacks such as this.

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Grants Approved in March
GBC - Green Building Council – Brasil Grant Amount R$ 180.000 Grant Period 12 months Portfolio Energy Purpose of Grant: To disseminate the Zero Energy Building concept, standards and procedures, in order to increase the number of certified ZE buildings.
IEI - International Energy Initiative Grant Amount R$ 12.000 Grant Period 3 months Portfolio Energy Purpose of Grant: To make an initial estimate of the wasted electricity due to inefficient air-conditioners and the resulting systemic costs for the power sector, as well as the greenhouse gas emissions that could be avoided by using more efficient equipment.
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