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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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    The Changing Face of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    With much fanfare a collection of Brazil’s Ministers — Environment (MMA), Agrarian Development (MDA), Agriculture (MAPA) — and the chief of President Lula’s Civil Cabinet held a joint press conference a few weeks ago to announce the latest deforestation data and projections for the Brazilian Amazon (“Amazônia Legal” as Brazil calls it, comprises 9 states […]

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    Setting the Eco-Benchmark for Cattle Raising / Meat Processing in the Amazon

    Thursday, March 15th, 2007

    My question: if this project is really to set environmental benchmarks for this sector in Brazil, why does the IFC only speak about deforestation? Granted, it is a critical issue in the Amazonian context, but what about reduction/minimization/reuse/recycling of the substantial wastes such operations entail, or steps taken to reduce the methane (a potent […]

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