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  • Brazil’s PAC for Sanitation

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

    When Brazil’s multifaceted Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) was announced in 2007, it included a segment earmarked for improving infrastructure in provision of drinking water and sanitation services.
    Today the head of the Civil House, Dilma Rousseff, and the Minister of Cities, Márcio Fortes, announced a list of 109 projects […]

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    Building on the Legacy of Chico Mendes in the Brazilian Amazon / Ampliar o Legado de Chico Mendes na Amazônia

    Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Loan to Help Build on the Legacy of Chico Mendes in the Brazilian Amazon

    Project to be signed today with President Lula will help the State of Acre carry on ground-breaking work in inclusive and sustainable development

    Approval coincides with the twenty-year memorial of Mendes’ assassination

    The World Bank Board’s Executive Directors approved yesterday a […]

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    Brazil Adopts New Battery Rules

    Friday, September 12th, 2008

    Brazil’s National Environment Council (CONAMA) just replaced the country’s groundbreaking 1999 rules on the environmental management of batteries and piles (pilhas) with even tougher ones.
    Manufacturers should take note, since legislators and regulators in other Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations will.  The original rules served as a reference point for many LAC policymakers, particularly since […]

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    Lei Seca

    Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

    In June I seriously considered blogging about Brazil’s new “Lei Seca” (“Dry Law”). [This is the nickname Brazilians gave to a new law on drinking and driving.] I would note its passage and main provisions*, mention that I warned last year Brazil intended to do something about this issue, and express my […]

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    Apoio de R$22.9 milhões para cooperativas de catadores

    Monday, October 15th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazilian President Lula announced on 01 October the first 24 financial lines to be awarded by the National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) to cooperatives of unofficial waste sorters/ recyclers known in Brazil as catadores. The catador cooperatives are generally composed of the very poor that live off of the recyclables […]

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    PAC’ing Brazil III: Energy, Petrochemicals and Biofuels

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

    In Part I, I provided an overview of what the Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) proposed by President Lula is and why it matters to the issues I discuss in The Temas Blog. I also discussed its most direct impact on environment policy, the proposed changes in environmental […]

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    UNEP Honors Brazil’s Environment Minister as “Earth Champion”

    Friday, February 2nd, 2007

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) just announced its seven “Earth Champions” to honor in 2007, just ahead of its Governing Council (GC) meeting Nairobi. While I am sure most blogs and news reports will focus on Al Gore and/or the International Olympic Committee (IOC), this is The Temas Blog, so we’ll spotlight the […]

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    Brazil’s New Sanitation Law

    Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

    After Over 20 Years of Arguing, Better Than Nothing?
    On 05 January Brazil finally, after over two decades of debate, adopted a framework law on basic sanitation. Ironically, the law signed by President Lula is not radically different from one vetoed by his predecessor, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (FHC), on the same […]

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    BNDES cria linha de apoio para catadores de materiais recicláveis

    Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) is offering a new financing line intended to help cooperatives of catadores (wastepickers) conduct urban recycling operations. The BNDES line will assist the cooperatives, generally composed of the very poor that live off of the recyclables they collect, sort and sell, to invest in […]

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