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iCS' NEWSLETTER
January 2019
iCS at the COP

The stripping of the climate and environmental agenda at the beginning of Bolsonaro government

Tomorrow is today, a documentary portraying lives affected by the climate

FBMC delivers a document to Temer with preliminary data about Brazil Carbon Zero

New coordinator of the transport portfolio begins work

#QUANTO CUSTA [WHAT DOES IT COST] living far away?

Study about shipping emissions is launched

MapBiomas award to select studies on the relationship between land use and infrastructure

A special calendar for 2019

EXCLUSIVE: NEW WEB SERIES

CLIMATE + HEALTH

NAVIGATING BY DECARBONIZATION ROUTES

GRANTS APPROVED IN DECEMBER


OPENING
O iCS na COP

The Institute for Climate and Society attended the COP24, held in December in the Polish city of Katowice. An online conference organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement - on December 20, 2018 - presented some of the developments, analyses and the next steps after the COP. Check out the original texts produced by Alice Amorim and Gustavo Pinheiro, the coordinators of the portfolios of Climate Policy and Engagement and Low Carbon Economy, respectively.

The Cop Grammar, by Alice Amorim
A climate activist arrives out of breath at the lobby of the Krakow airport. He had turned off his alarm and almost missed the flight. The young man had spent the last two weeks holed up in a multi-sports stadium in faraway Katowice, where thousands of people had gathered for another International Climate Conference. The COPs function as a parallel universe, with the passing of the hours in step with text versions losing their brackets, high-profile tweets, debates on the end of the world, ordinary food and plenty of caffeine.
Read more  here . 

 

A brief report from behind the scenes at the recent climate conference, by Gustavo Pinheiro
Representing the Institute for Climate and Society, I attended the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was held in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018. This is an annual meeting of all the member countries. The main objective was the establishment of an agreement on the rulebook that will guide the implementation of the Paris Agreement from 2020 onwards, when it enters into force. 
Read more  here .

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CLIMATE POLICY AND OUTREACH
The stripping of the climate and environmental agenda at the beginning of Bolsonaro government

The government of President Jair Bolsonaro has only been in power since January 1, 2019, and we can already observe some dismantling in the environmental area. The Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA) analyzed the text of the Provisional Presidential Decree [Medida Provisória] (MP) and the other decrees that have produced the largest cabinet reshuffle since the Collor government (1990-1992). Although the Ministry of Environment has not been abolished or incorporated into the Ministry of Agriculture (as predicted in the post-election period), which was much more due to pressure from the rural landowners themselves who feared a deterioration in international trade than for any other reason, it has lost political power and seen its management become subordinated to other economic interests and development areas.

Discllosure: Expedia

The jurisdiction to combat deforestation, the core of the federal environmental area since the 1980s, has been stripped, as well as programs for indigenous and traditional populations. The department of environmental education no longer exists, with just generic mentions at the Ministry of Education.

At the Foreign Ministry, the divisions of climate and renewable energy were abolished by a decree published on January 10, 2019, only two and a half years after the then Chancellor José Serra made the subject a priority. With the decision by Ernesto Araújo, Brazil is in a complicated situation regarding climate negotiations, which in addition to their global importance also attract funds and investments to the country. Read the announcement that the Climate Observatory made on this subject .

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Tomorrow is today, a documentary portraying lives affected by the climate

The impacts of the climate have already affected people all over the world, and Brazil is no different. The documentary "Tomorrow is today" demonstrates the drama of Brazilians living in the city, in the country and in the forest, and who have already been affected by climate change. Six stories are told from five different states, which indicate the urgency of confronting the problem head on. Brazil has the historic potential to lead this debate, which must be on everyone’s agenda, and not only the scientists and experts.


The stories include the indigenous youth who became a voluntary fireman after an unprecedented forest fire, the small farmer who experienced six years of drought, the century-old caiçara community that was forced to move from their land due to the impact of the sea, and the trader who saw his business destroyed by rains and mudslides in Rio de Janeiro. The documentary was made by seven civil society organizations. Watch it in full here. It's free and not to be missed.

 

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LOW CARBON ECONOMY
FBMC delivers a document to Temer with preliminary data about Brazil Carbon Zero

On December 26 2018, four days before the end of his mandate as president of Brazil, Michel Temer held a meeting with the executive coordinator of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (FBMC), Alfredo Sirkis, the then Minister of the Environment, Edson Duarte, and Carolina Dubeux. The preliminary assessment of "Brazil Carbon Zero by 2060" was delivered, which was commissioned by Temer from the Forum, and also the summary "Climate Change: risks and opportunities for Brazil", decided at the last plenary meeting of the FBMC and destined for the government of Jair Bolsonaro, the president elect who took office on January 1, 2019.

Debate sobre emissões do Transport marítimo

Disclosure: Juliana Chalita

Taxa de desmatamento na Amazônia cresce 36% entre junho e setembro

The summary identifies the major risks for Brazil represented by climate change, as well as the economic opportunities of a low carbon policy, which is a field in which the country has an extensive competitive advantage.

During the meeting, Sirkis also asked Temer to clarify to the members of the new federal government the importance of the FBMC, its plurality of actors (the government, the business sector, academia and the third sector) and the fact that it is another instrument of the State rather than the government. Furthermore, he emphasized the pro-bono nature of the Forum, which is without commissioned posts or public expense. Now we can only wait to see what happens in the next chapters!

 

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TRANSPORT
New coordinator of the transport portfolio begins work

Último ministro do novo governo anunciado: o do meio ambiente

The program officer, Marcel Martin Baptista de Faria, officially started work this January. He has a Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a Master’s Degree in Land Planning and Management from the Federal University of ABC (UFABC). Between 2009 and 2016, Marcel worked with the development of transport studies – including Master Plans and Mobility. He then managed and coordinated technical products involved in the low carbon urban mobility program of the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEMA), where he remained until 2018. Once again, a warm welcome to our new coordinator!


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ENERGY
#QUANTO CUSTA [WHAT DOES IT COST] living far away?

The Instituto Escolhas , the Policy and Economy Center of the Public Sector of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (CEPESP/EAESP/EESP) and the Folha de S. Paulo invite everybody to the launch of the study "Living far away: the My House My Life Program and the expansion of the Metropolitan Regions", which analyzes the impacts of the initiative in the major cities of the country. A central theme is to consider the challenges that a large part of the population will face in the coming years. The Seminar will be attended by economists, town planners and specialist researchers on the subject. For more information about the program and to register, visit this link and participate!

Taxa de desmatamento na Amazônia cresce 36% entre junho e setembro

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Study about shipping emissions is launched

Cenergia and COPPE/UFRJ launched the study "Impact Assessment: Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Compliance with the Target of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)." With support from the iCS, the study seeks to assist in the regulation of CO2 emissions by shipping (the sector is responsible for 2.2% of the total of global emissions), especially after the decision by the IMO to reduce 50% of the maritime emissions of the member countries by 2050, at the latest, based on 2008 data. The specific objective of the study is to assess the possible impacts of the numerous mitigation measures proposed on the exports of the main Brazilian commodities, which is one of the most sensitive issues in the national debate.  Download here .

 

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
MapBiomas award to select studies on the relationship between land use and infrastructure

Have you ever asked yourself what the impact of works of infrastructure is or how do energy production projects affect the forest cover in Brazil? Or even what is the relationship between deforestation and the construction of roads or railways? A joint initiative of the network of institutions of MapBiomas, the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEMA) and the Instituto Escolhas, with the support of the iCS, wants to know the answers and invites all interested parties to submit studies that address these subjects. There are two categories:

  1. Young – for a main author up to 30 years old but without a degree or who graduated in 2018;
  2. General - for competitors independent of the age and level of education of the main author. Registration is open until January 31, 2019, and four studies will be awarded between R$ 3,000.00 and R$ 10,000.00.

                  More information about the award can be found here on the MapBiomas website: http://mapbiomas.org/premio

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INSIDE iCS
A special calendar for 2019

2019 has arrived and with it many challenges. We have a gift for those of you who want to organize their priorities, unify their agendas and map out new strategies for the coming months. Make good use of it!

Calendário 2019

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EXCLUSIVE: NEW WEB SERIES

We begin 2019 with more updates! In this first edition of our newsletter, we are launching new formats of a web series from the interviews recorded at the last two events of the Sustainable Future Dialogues platform. The international meetings about Climate and Health, and Climate Change and Maritime Transport - held in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, respectively – are very informative. They are short episodes that are full of detail and reflections. Check them out and share!

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Calendário 2019

Último ministro do novo governo anunciado: o do meio ambiente

Último ministro do novo governo anunciado: o do meio ambiente

 

Tatiana Marrufo
Climate and Health
The Coordinator of the Strategic Program of Health and Environment of the National Health Institute of Mozambique, Tatiana Marrufo explains that the geographic location of her country makes it the third most affected by extreme weather events in Africa

 

Pedro Hartung
Climate and Health
The lawyer from the Alana Institute explains that adolescents and children are among the groups that are most affected health-wise by climate change, with the lack of access to safe drinking water, pollution and heat waves.

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Calendário 2019
Último ministro do novo governo anunciado: o do meio ambiente Último ministro do novo governo anunciado: o do meio ambiente

 

Ana Toni
Climate Change and Maritime Transport
The Executive Director of iCS, Ana Toni, explains that climate change is a problem of the economy and of the market, and that society needs to look at the subject from all angles, such as maritime transport, which will also be affected by the rise in ocean temperatures.


André Lucena
Climate Change and Maritime Transport
Professor and Researcher at COPPE-UFRJ, André Lucena explains that the products that Brazil sells are primary products, and therefore require large ships to transport them, which makes the emissions from sector relatively high.

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GRANTS APPROVED IN DECEMBER
Greenpeace Grant Amount
R$ 1.190.000,00
Grant Period
30 months
Portfolio
Climate Policy and Outreach

Instituto ClimaInfo

Purpose of Grant: To support both ClimaInfo unbranded press advisory for NGOS, academics and think-tanks and its daily news climate bulletin, as well as its efforts to consolidate and strengthen its institutional capacity.

GCCA Grant Amount
R$ 30.000,00
Grant Period
8 months
Portfolio
Climate Policy and Outreach

AdvocacyHub

Purpose of Grant: To offer advocacy training to Brazilian´s NGOs working on climate change related issues.

IDESAM Grant Amount
R$ 180.000,00
Grant Period
6 months
Portfolio
Low Carbon Economy

COPPETEC - Fund. Coord. Projetos, Pesquisas e Estudos Tecnológicos

Purpose of Grant: To develop a robust methodological solution to attribute GHG emissions to each productive sector according to GDP categories that make it possible to start a dataset of GHG emissions by GDP sector and sub-sectors and evaluate the evolution of carbon intensive and low carbon economic sectors in Brazil.

SITAWI Grant Amount
R$ 110.000,00
Grant Period
7 months
Portfolio
Low Carbon Economy

WWF-Brasil - Fundo Mundial para a Natureza

Purpose of Grant: To showcase climate solutions and foster business deals in the low carbon economy, the Conexão Carbono Zero will be the first business fair in Latin America to bring together a multiplicity of stakeholders interested in mitigating business GHG emissions.

SITAWI Grant Amount
R$ 525.000,00
Grant Period
12 months
Portfolio
Transport

IDEC - Inst. Defesa do Consumidor

Purpose of Grant: To improve the quality of urban mobility systems through the defense of consumer rights related to pollution standards and low carbon technology infrastructure. Idec, will focus it work on monitoring the implementation of the public tender for buses in São Paulo and mobilizing consumers in this important process.

JVN SIQUEIRA ME Grant Amount
R$ 72.000,00
Grant Period
7 months
Portfolio
Land Use

JVN SIQUEIRA ME

Purpose of Grant: Develop the second version of the ToolKit for the maps and data from the MapBiomas collections directly onto the Google Earth Engine; develop the ToolKit for the Deforestation Alerts on the Google Earth Engine; provide technical support and lead the integration of the data from the collection.

SITAWI Grant Amount
R$ 600.000,00
Grant Period
7 months
Portfolio
Land Use

ARCPLAN Sociedade Simples Ltda.

Purpose of Grant: Produce the first version of the annual maps of deforestation for the Mata Atlântica [Atlantic ran forest] and the Pantanal based on Collection 3 of the MapBiomas; evaluate the products and review the maps for Collection 4; produce validated alerts of deforestation for the Mata Atlântica and Pantanal Biomes; review and update the chapter of the Mata Atlântica and Pantanal Biomes in the ATBD.

GEODATIN Inteligência em Dados e Geoinformação Ltd Grant Amount
R$240.000,00
Grant Period
7 months
Portfolio
Land Use

GEODATIN Inteligência em Dados e Geoinformação Ltda

Purpose of Grant: Produce the first version of the annual maps of deforestation for the Caatinga Biome based on Collection 3 of the MapBiomas; evaluate the products and review the maps for Collection 4; produce validated alerts of deforestation for the Caatinga Biome; review and update the chapter of the Caatinga Biome in the ATBD.

SITAWI Grant Amount
R$130.000,00
Grant Period
7 months
Portfolio
Land Use

ECOSTAGE Consultoria e Sistemas Ltda

Purpose of Grant: Perform the maintenance of the site, WebCollect and Dashboard of the MapBiomas; adapt for other regions and countries; build the Dashboard for the System of Validated Alerts of Deforestation; document processes of the platform on GitHub.

SITAWI Grant Amount
R$100.000,00
Grant Period
7 months
Portfolio
Land Use

FUNAPE - Fundação de Apoio a Pesquisa

Purpose of Grant: Refine the methodological design for the collection of samples for training and the analysis of the accuracy of the collections of the MapBiomas; select and train the collection team; collect samples for the cover and use of the soil (1985 to 2017); document all the processes of the platform on GitHub.

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