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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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    One Million Environment-Friendly Homes

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

    If you have followed Brazil much in recent years, President Lula’s interest in building “popular housing” for low-income households will not surprise you, and if you read The Temas Blog, you know that many of those being built already are fitted with solar water heaters on their roofs.
    But the Lula Administration is now taking it […]

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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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    Rio’s Commitment to Tackle Sewage and Trash

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    It’s a bit of an open secret that the state of Rio de Janeiro, beautiful as it is, has a serious trash problem.  Litter is ubiquitous.  Trash (particularly drink containers) choke many waterways and drainage systems.  While the state has a reasonably good record in providing waste pick-up services to its residents, disposal has been […]

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    A Water and Sanitation Atlas for Brazil

    Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

    Last month a branch of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“), the Institute of Communication and Scientific and Technological Information in Health (Instituto de Comunicação e Informação Científica e Tecnológica em Saúde – Icict), in partnership with the Health Ministry’s (MS) General Coordination for Environmental Health Surveillance (Coordenação Geral de Vigilância em Saúde Ambiental – CGVAM), […]

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    A Green Report Card for São Paulo’s Cities

    Thursday, November 27th, 2008

    Yesterday São Paulo state (SP) Secretary for the Environment, Xico Graziano, revealed the environmental rankings of the state’s municipalities and rewarded the mayors of cities with the highest grades.
    This quasi “green report card” and honor roll is a fruit of the state’s “Green Municipality” (Município Verde) Program, one of the governor’s “21 strategic environmental projects” […]

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    IDB Grants to Jump-Start Water & Sanitation Projects / Donaciones del BID para impulsar proyectos de agua y saneamiento / Doações do BID para projetos de saneamento e água

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development (IDB):
    IDB offers grants to jump-start water and sanitation projects
    Aquafund will finance project preparation and technical assistance to develop solutions for pressing water and sanitation problems
    Latin American and Caribbean governments that want to improve water and sanitation services can now apply for grants from the Aquafund, a new source of financing approved […]

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    EIB & IDB to Team Up on Climate Change Mitigation in LAC

    Thursday, June 5th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    EIB & IDB to increase co-financing in Latin America, with special emphasis on climate change mitigation
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation and cofinancing to support strategic development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    In their meeting in the […]

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    Funding Expansion of São Paulo’s Water/Sanitation Services

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves US$250 million for Brazilian water utility Sabesp
    Resources will help company meet needs of São Paulo’s growing population and support expansion of wastewater treatment systems
    The Inter-American Development Bank today approved US$250 million in financing for Sabesp, the water and wastewater company of the state of São Paulo, Brazil, to […]

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    A Social Experiment in Water and Sanitation in Minas

    Sunday, September 16th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The government of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (MG), through Brazil’s third largest water and sanitation firm,the Sanitation Company of Minas Gerais (Copasa), is undertaking an interesting social experiment in the provision of water and sanitation services in that state.
    Thanks to a new state law passed earlier this year, […]

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