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    BNDES Aids Atlantic Forest Reforestation / BNDES apoia reflorestamento da Mata Atlântica

    Saturday, June 6th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    The BNDES allocates R$ 15 million in support for Atlantic Forest reforestation projects
    The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) is enlarging its policy to foster social and environmental responsibility. This means R$ 15 million support for reforestation projects in the Atlantic Forest Biome. The non-reimbursable funding resources derive from the Bank’s Social […]

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    US$1.3 Billion to Support Brazil’s Environmental & Climate Change Agenda / US$1,3 bilhão para apoiar a agenda ambiental e de mudanças climáticas do Brasil

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank Approves US$1.3 Billion to Support Brazil’s Environmental and Climate Change Agenda

    Brazil’s achievements in integrating development and conservation recognized

    The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a US$1.3 billion loan to Brazil for the First Programmatic Development Policy Loan for Sustainable Environmental Management, supporting Brazil’s ongoing efforts to improve its environmental […]

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    Environmental Policy Reborn in Rio?

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

    If you believe Governor Cabral and Environment Secretary Ramos, environmental policy in the state of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) just underwent a rebirth.  At the inaugural ceremony for the new State Environment Institute (INEA), Governor Cabral declared that henceforth RJ will have an environmental policy with less bureaucracy, greater agility and technical rigor.
    To refresh memories, […]

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    A Unique GEO for MEROSUR

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    Last month a GEO for the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR or MERCOSUL) was finally unveiled with much fanfare by representatives of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the meeting of MERCOSUR Environment Ministers.
    What’s a GEO? It’s probably the best known type of comprehensive environmental diagnosis available. “GEO” was the acronym for “Global Environment […]

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    Minas Seeks to Lead in Environmental Policy / Minas Pretende Ser Lider na Política Ambiental

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Minas Gerais is seeking to take the lead among Brazilian states in environmental protection, and they want everyone to know it!  [Look out, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo!]  At year-end the state environment secretary José Carlos Carvalho released a report card on mineiro environment policy achievements and plans for 2009.  He […]

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    McDonald’s Claims First “Ecological Restaurant” in Latin America

    Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

    McDonald’s just inaugurated what it claims to be the first “ecological restaurant” in Latin America — well, at least, the first one of their chain, anyway.  Take a look at why McDonald’s calls this an ecological restaurant and see if you agree:

    Arcos Dourados (“Golden Arches”), the company that manages the franchise network of McDonald’s restaurants […]

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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 Project, which […]

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    Brazil Will Monitor All Its Biomass by Satellite

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is financing a project by the Brazilian Environment Ministry (MMA) and environment agency (IBAMA) that will expand satellite monitoring to detect deforestation from just the Amazon region (which has been underway since 1988) to all its biomass.  Thus monitoring will be added for the Cerrado, Caatinga, […]

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    Paraguay Extends Its Zero Deforestation Law

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    From WWF:
    Paraguay moves closer towards zero net deforestation
    Paraguay’s Congress has today unanimously voted to extend the country’s “Zero Deforestation Law” by another five years. The law, which came into force in December 2004 and was effective in slashing deforestation rates massively, was due to expire at end 2008.
    Three commissions — Energy and Natural Resources, Agrarian […]

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    Minas & São Paulo Adopt a Green Purchasing Program

    Sunday, September 28th, 2008

    Two of Brazil’s biggest markets — the states of Minas Gerais (MG) and São Paulo (SP) — each created in August a state program for sustainable public purchasing and contracting that, if done properly, can have a major impact on Brazilian markets — even more so if other states and the federal government follow their […]

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