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iCS’ Newsletter: May/2018
Philanthropy
Graciela Hopstein’s book, “Filantropia de justiça social, sociedade civil e movimentos sociais no Brasil” (Social justice philanthropy, civil society and social movements in Brazil) is launched at iCS
Divided into five parts, the book brings together 22 texts containing analyzes of the scenario of social justice philanthropy in the country and its interface and articulation with civil society groups.
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Low Carbon Economy
4 steps to Understanding Low Carbon Economy
CEBDS, with support from iCS, launches an e-book summarizing the general market trends that dictate the rules of green economy.
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FEBRABAN organizes an event on the importance of carbon pricing for business organizations
Juliana Lopes, a CDP officer, presented a study showing the importance of transparency of information to change business practices.
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British government to invest millions in Brazil to expand business opportunities
Green Finance Summit in Brazil, held on April 26, generated exchanges of knowledge and experiences among specialists from the United Kingdom and Brazil.
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Energy
Workshop reflects on the importance of the evaluation of environmental impacts of thermal electricity Organized by IBAMA and IEMA, with funding from iCS and Mott Foundation, the meeting evaluated the main regulatory and institutional challenges affecting the impact management.
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Meeting in Germany brings together organizations similar to Agora Energiewende The German institution pursues the goal of completing an energy transition by 2050, aiming for a low-carbon future. iCS represented Ocara, a Brazilian entity incubated at the Institute.
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Climate Policy and Outreach
Democracy Day marks efforts to defend democratic construction in Brazil
34 organizations and movements, including iCS, support a response to the growing erosion of the democratic space in the country.
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2018: Brasil do Amanhã discusses water, sanitation and their importance for society
The Platform of Museu do Amanhã and IDG, with support from iCS, holds discussions to raise the level of the 2018 political agenda.
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iCS is now a member of Platform F20
45 foundations in Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America are part of the platform, which relies on joint efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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iCS and partners announce the venue for the 4th Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC)
The annual event will take place in August, in São Paulo, and will address the challenges and opportunities that countries face when implementing their NDCs.
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International meeting discusses the effects of climate events in security
Organized by iCS and by the German Embassy in Brazil, the event will debate security risks from national, international and geopolitical points of view.
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Transport
For the sixth consecutive year, Bike Anjo organizes #BiketoWorkDay
Tomorrow, May 11, the organization celebrates another day of encouragement for people to use bicycles as a means of commuting transportation.
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Urban mobility difficulties reduce quality of life
Ranking of the quality of life worsened in 19 of the 39 municipalities in the Greater São Paulo Region.
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Public hearing discusses a project to keep streets in Belo Horizonte closed to traffic every Sunday
The Association of Urban Cyclists of Belo Horizonte - BH em Ciclo took part in the hearing and stressed the importance of promoting more educational campaigns during the event.
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Grants Approved in April
Instituto Escolhas | R$ 600.000
To strengthen the effectiveness of Instituto Escolhas on advocacy and outreach based on the findings from the research it produces.
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Instituto de Energia e Meio Ambiente | R$ 201.000
To analyze the impact of the insertion of photovoltaic panels into indigenous communities in the Xingú Indigenous Park through the application of mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative).
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Laboratório de Mobilidade (PROURB-UFRJ) | R$ 118.000
To evaluate the impact of the "Paulista Aberta" program on local urban vitality and its potential in increasing the perception of urban vitality and local quality of life.
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Philanthropy
Graciela Hopstein’s book, “Filantropia de justiça social, sociedade civil e movimentos sociais no Brasil” (Social justice philanthropy, civil society and social movements in Brazil) is launched at iCS

The book “Filantropia de justiça social, sociedade civil e movimentos sociais no Brasil”, organized by Graciela Hopstein, was launched at the iCS’s headquarters on April 10. The book brings together 22 texts containing analyzes of the scenario of social justice philanthropy in the country and its interface and articulation with civil society groups and movements. The book is divided into five parts: The scenario of human rights in Latin America and in Brazil; International Overview on philanthropy in Latin America and Brazil; Social justice philanthropy in Brazil; Community philanthropy in the international and Brazilian scenarios; and Mobilization of resources and private social investment in Brazil. The book is available for free download or purchase of hard copies through this link. link .

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Low Carbon Economy
4 steps to Understanding Low Carbon Economy

What is low carbon economy? How can one adopt low carbon economy strategies within an organization? Those are some of the questions answered in the e-book “4 Passos Para Entender a Economia de Baixo Carbono” , (Four Steps to Understanding Low Carbon Economy) developed by CEBDS (the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development), with support from iCS, to summarize the general market trends that dictate the rules of green economy. The book contains explanations about the differences and competitive risks associated with this business model, in addition to a set of recommendations for the Brazilian Long-Term Development Strategy, with actions ranging from disruptive technologies to economic and financial instruments.

FEBRABAN organizes an event on the importance of carbon pricing for business organizations

The 53º Café com Sustentabilidade , an event promoted by the Brazilian Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN), dealt with carbon pricing as a fundamental mechanism for the incorporation of environmental externalities – which, in turn, are capable of inducing new technologies to make existing businesses more efficient and less aggressive to the environment. The Executive Officer of CDP for Latin America, Juliana Lopes, presented a study showing the importance of transparency of information to change business practices. Only 8% of the 71 companies evaluated by the Business Practices for Risk Management survey adopt specific processes in the management of climate risks. Most of the companies - 65% - includes such risks in the management of the company as a whole.

British government to invest millions in Brazil to expand business opportunities

Over 80 million pounds. This is the amount that the British Government will invest in Brazil over the next five years to reduce poverty, increase productivity and expand international business opportunities through the British Government Prosperity Fund. The Green Finance Summit no Brasil , which took place on April 26, represented an excellent opportunity for exchanges of knowledge and experiences among specialists from the UK and Brazil. Gustavo Pimentel, a director of SITAWI – a partner of iCS – moderated the panel “Unlocking the Trillions – the Financial Benefits of ‘Going Green’” and took part in the panel “Green Seal of approval – the role of principles and methodologies”.

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Energy
Workshop reflects on the importance of the evaluation of environmental impacts of thermal electricity

On April 25 and 26, with funding from iCS and Mott Foundation, IEMA (a grantee of Clima e Sociedade) and Ibama held the “International Workshop – Thermal Electricity in the new context of the energy sector: the importance of the evaluation of environmental impacts” . The discussion in question addressed the main regulatory and institutional challenges for the evaluation and management of environmental impacts of this type of energy generation. Concretely, Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE) suggested a case study about thermoelectric plants in Ceará, where there has been a conflict between the supply of water for human consumption and the use of water for thermoelectric generation purposes.

Meeting in Germany brings together organizations similar to Agora Energiewende

iCS took part in a meeting in Germany hosted by Agora, which brought together similar organizations from around the world to discuss energy transition from today to 2050, aiming for a low carbon future. A partner institution of Agora, Instituto Clima e Sociedade is about to incubate an entity with the same goal in Brazil: Ocara – whose name pays homage to the word used by the Tupi to refer to the center of the village, the place where the members of the tribe gather to hold discussions.

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Climate Policy and Outreach
Democracy Day marks efforts to defend democratic construction in Brazil

Democracy Day – April 22 – marked efforts of civil society in response to the growing erosion of the democratic space in the country and against the expansion of fragmentation, intolerance and violence in the public sphere. The action took place at Avenida Paulista in São Paulo, in an evenly spread, horizontal manner, without a stage or spokesperson. A plural group of 34 organizations and movements, including iCS, proposed the Pact for Democracy, which is a platform for joint action in defense of the democratic construction in Brazil. Among the proposals were to ensure that the October elections will be clean, diverse and with broad participation, in such a way as to rebuild the bases of trust and legitimacy within the political environment.

2018: Brasil do Amanhã discusses water, sanitation and their importance for society

Platform 2018: Brasil do Amanhã, supported by iCS, held, on April 9, a debate on water and sanitation at Museu do Amanhã. This is one of the most important matters relating to climate and human rights in the country and abroad. Among the speakers were Jerson Kelman (Professor of COPPE and Chairman of SABESP), Hamilton Amadeo (CEO of Aegea Saneamento) and Édison Carlos (Executive President of Instituto Trata Brasil) and the discussions were mediated by André Trigueiro (a journalist with Globonews). Click here to watch the event in full.

iCS is now a member of Platform F20

iCS is now a member of Platform F20 whose purpose is to establish an open dialogue with the governments of more industrialized countries and other stakeholders to offer solutions and examples of positive transformation towards sustainable development. Created by a group of philanthropic institutions during the G20 summit held in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2017, the Platform was consolidated and now brings together 45 foundations from Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America. Platform F20’s organization is based on the finding that the eradication of poverty, protection of the planet and assurance of peace and prosperity in the world are tasks that cannot be achieved with actions or commitments undertaken by governments alone. This group of foundations believes in joint efforts and accountability as means to secure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

iCS and partners announce the venue for the 4th Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC)

On August 16 and 17, 2018, São Paulo will host the 4th Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC), “Harnessing Research for Climate Ambition and Transparency”. The initiative, organized by iCS, together with Climate Strategies (CS), Iniciativa Climatica de Mexico (ICM) and the Regional Program of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation on Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America (EKLA-KAS), is an annual event that brings together representatives of research and policy communities. This year, the goal of the event is to promote a vibrant discussion on effective and innovative options created by and for Latin America in the implementation of NDCs. There is a call for submissions currently open, seeking abstracts focusing on solutions relating to policies under the Paris Agreement.

International meeting discusses the effects of climate events on security

On May 18, Rio de Janeiro will host the International Meeting on Climate and Security, organized by iCS and the German Embassy in Brazil, in partnership with the Institute of International Relations (IRI) of PUC-Rio. With panels from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, the event will welcome specialists to discuss security risks relating to climate, from the international and geopolitical standpoints, but also from the local standpoint, with different Brazilian players. International experiences of developed and developing countries will assist in the drawing up of a panorama of this matter, including situations relating to the Brazilian context. Click here to confirm your attendance.

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Transport
For the sixth consecutive year, Bike Anjo organizes #BiketoWorkDay

The campaign #BiketoWorkDay, organized by Bike Anjo and inspired by the “Bike to Work Day” movement will take place once again tomorrow, May 11. The idea is to bring the largest possible number of people to ride a bike to work, with the goal of showing that bicycles can be regarded as a means of transportation and not only of leisure. Bike Anjo is an organization supported by iCS that encourages the use of bicycles to reduce carbon emissions and improve life quality.

Urban mobility difficulties reduce quality of life

The life quality ranking 19 of the 39 municipalities in the Greater São Paulo Region worsened, considering aspects of urban mobility, such as access difficulties. This is the main finding of the publication “Accessibility and wellbeing: measuring adversities affecting mobility”, which is listed in the Hub of Surveys of Instituto Escolhas – an online platform for bibliographical research on the matters of Economy and the Environment.
Instituto Escolhas is also fomenting research on transportation, such as the survey “The Cost of Urban Immobility in São Paulo”, by Ricardo Vale, who is pursuing a masters’ degree from USP Ribeirão Preto and has been awarded an Escolhas scholarship in Economy and the Environment. Ricardo Vale is studying the lost work and leisure opportunities people miss because they are stuck in traffic.

Public hearing discusses a project to keep streets in Belo Horizonte closed to traffic every Sunday

The Association of Urban Cyclists of Belo Horizonte - BH em Ciclo, an iCS grantee, attended a public hearing to discuss the maintenance of the program “A Savassi é da gente” (Savassi belongs to us), organized by the Commission of Human Rights and Consumer Defense of the Belo Horizonte Municipal Government, on April 4. The goal of the project is to maintain the region from Avenida Getúlio Vargas to Avenida Cristóvão Colombo closed to traffic every Sunday, from 7am to 2 pm. One of the proposals calls for the interconnection of the Savassi region with other areas of the city, using bike lanes. Cristiano Scarpelli, a representative of BH em Ciclo, mentioned the need to promote more activities during the event, such as educational and health promotion campaigns.

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Grants Approved in April
Instituto Escolhas Grant Amount R$ 600.000 Grant Period 24 months Portfolio Energy Purpose of Grant: To strengthen the effectiveness of Instituto Escolhas on advocacy and outreach based on the findings from the research it produces. The objective is to create stronger bridges between the scientific community and stakeholders at public services, private sector and civil society, particularly on the issue of sustainable cities.
Instituto de Energia e Meio Ambiente Grant Amount R$ 201.000 Grant Period 9 months Portfolio Energy Purpose of Grant: To analyze the impact of the insertion of photovoltaic panels into indigenous communities in the Xingú Indigenous Park through the application of mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative). The impact to be measured concerns the installation of solar panels of photovoltaic technology in areas of common use of the villages. IEMA will evaluate a specific implementation of LpT that will be widely used in this final phase of the program.
Laboratório de Mobilidade (PROURB-UFRJ) Grant Amount R$ 118.000 Grant Period 9 months Portfolio Transport Purpose of Grant: To evaluate the impact of the "Paulista Aberta" program on local urban vitality and its potential in increasing the perception of urban vitality and local quality of life. "Paulista Aberta" was created in 2015, in the context of the Open Streets program implemented by the São Paulo Municipality, and promotes the opening of the avenue for pedestrians and public use on Sundays and holidays. The research will evaluate the impact of the program through economic, environmental and behavioral indicators.
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