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    Eco-certification for Tourism: Blue Flag Comes to Brazil

    Saturday, February 14th, 2009

    Desde o Instituto Ambiental Ratones (IAR): Programa Bandeira Azul Em 2008, a certificação Bandeira Azul foi concedida a mais de 3200 praias e marinas em todo o mundo. Atualmente, 38 países participam do programa, representando todos os continentes, entre eles estão quase a totalidade dos países costeiros europeus e do leste europeu, cinco países caribenhos, […]

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    Justice Ministry to Service Firms: Improve Customer Service, or Else

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

    Regulated service sectors are not complying with Brazil’s new rules on customer service, despite being given a (brief) grace period in order to bring their operations into line. So declared the Justice Ministry’s (MJ) Department of Protection of Consumer Rights (DPDC), which is now handing out fines, naming names, scrutinizing practices and issuing warnings. The […]

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    Espirito Santo Prepares for Chemical Emergencies

    Thursday, January 8th, 2009

    Five years ago when President Lula issued the decree launching the National Plan for the Prevention of, Preparation for and Response to Environmental Emergencies Involving Hazardous Chemicals Products (“P2R2”), a cornerstone of the Plan’s implementation was the establishment by all the states and the Federal District (DF) of their own committees (“CE-P2R2”) to coordinate planning, […]

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    IBAMA Sets Record for Environmental Licensing

    Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

    Brazil’s environment agency, IBAMA, has announced that it set a new record for issuing environmental licenses during 2008. IBAMA is not in charge of all environmental licensing in Brazil: much of that is done by state and local environment bodies. IBAMA issued 467 licenses in 2008, almost a 27% increase over licenses granted in 2007 […]

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    Brazil to Release GHG Inventory for Waste & Sanitation Sectors / Brasil vai divulgar dados sobre a emissão de gases de efeito estufa do setor de resíduos sólidos e efluentes

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    While many developing nations — including most Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations — are content to submit the minimum communication required under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Brazil has not taken the easy route.  If you check the Temas listing of national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories,  you’ll see that no less […]

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    BNDES Finances Small Hydropower Expansion

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    In recent months Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) has been pumping a lot of money into small-scale hydroelectric power (PCH in Portuguese) projects.  How much?  R$910 million in 15 projects since August for a total new power generation of capacity of 264.5 megawatts (MW).  That means by end-2008 BNDES will have 85 PCH projects in […]

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    Brazil to Recycle Auto Glass

    Thursday, December 18th, 2008

    Is Brazil set to become the first Latin American nation to mandate the recycling of automobile glass? It’s beginning to look that way. Last month the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo (ES) became the first jurisdiction in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to adopt a law on the subject.  The new ES law makes […]

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    Aid for Biodiversity in Espírito Santo / Doação para Biodiversidade no Espírito Santo

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    From the World Bank: Brazil: Global Environment Facility Approves US$ 4 Million Grant for Biodiversity in Espírito Santo The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a US$ 4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Government of the State of Espírito Santo for the Biodiversity and Watershed Conservation and Restoration […]

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    Will Lula Protect Brazil’s Reefs?

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    In September Brazil’s Environment Minister, Carlos Minc, caused quite a stir in conservation circles.  He announced that he was sending a decree to the Planalto Palace for President Lula to sign that would significantly enhance Brazil’s protection of its coral reefs, something conservationists and marine biologists have been pushing for since at least the late […]

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    Brazilian States Publicize Consumer Complaints

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    In September the 21 Brazilian state consumer agencies (known in Brazil as “Procons”) belonging to the National System of Consumer Defense Information (Sistema Nacional de Informações de Defesa do Consumidor – SINDEC) opened (mostly on the internet) their registries of consumer complaints, including their rankings of which firms were the subject of the greatest number […]

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