Archive for November, 2011

Forest concessions implemented at two national forests

Comments Off | 11-29-2011

In 2010 the Brazilian Forest Service entered into concession agreements for two national forests in the States of Pará and Rondônia. A total of 144,800 hectares of forest was made available for sustainable management by five companies for a period of 40 years.

• Jamari National Forest
The Jamari National Forest in the State of Rondônia [...]

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The Amazon will be a model for sustainable development

Comments Off | 11-29-2011

The Government will invest in strategies that ensure growth, social inclusion and a low-carbon economy
After achieving a reduction in rates of deforestation in the Amazon over the last decade, the Brazilian government begins to concentrate efforts on promoting a new phase in the development for the region, which brings together forest conservation, social inclusion and [...]

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The Climate Fund enters operation with R$ 235 million

Comments Off | 11-29-2011

In the coming year the figure could reach R$ 1 billion for projects that combat climate change
The Steering Committee of the National Fund on Climate Change issued formal approval for the first qualified projects in September 2011; they will receive R$ 235 during this year. Of this total R$ 200 million is funded by the [...]

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Brazil invests in maintaining a clean energy matrix

Comments Off | 11-29-2011

Biofuels, hydroelectric plants and wind farms are among the priorities in the energy sector
With one of the cleanest energy matrices in the world, Brazil is currently investing in renewable energy sources in order to maintain its position in the coming decades. The Brazilian goal of securing its position as a global reference includes actions aimed [...]

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For President of EPE, Brazil will be the environmental and energetic power of the 21st century

Comments Off | 11-29-2011

With continental proportions and privileged with abundant natural resources, Brazil is capable of becoming both an energy and environmental power. According to the President of the Energy Research Company (EPE), Maurício Tolmasquim, the country’s energy mix will remain essentially clean, with low carbon emissions, while the export of oil extracted from new reserves will help [...]

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Economic crisis presents an opportunity for climate change negotiations, says head of Brazilian delegation to COP17

Comments Off | 11-29-2011

The head of the Brazilian delegation to COP 17, Ambassador André Correa do Lago, expressed hope today for a global agreement on a second period under the Kyoto Protocol.
“The economic crisis should not be an excuse for less ambition and less action in the fight against climate change — it is an opportunity. I believe [...]

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UN Climate Change Conference begins in Durban, last chance to preserve the Kyoto Protocol in its integrity

Comments Off | 11-27-2011

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, will be held in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9, 2011.
As emphasized by [...]

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Rio Grande do Sul hosts Global Competitiveness Summit

Comments Off | 11-22-2011

Porto Alegre, capital of the southern State of Rio Grande do Sul, will host on November 21-22, 2011 the Second Annual Meeting of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC). The event is co-organized by the GFCC, the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) and the Brazilian Competitiveness Movement. Competitiveness Councils from 13 countries, including [...]

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Brazilian debt in local currency is upgraded to A- by Standard & Poor’s

Comments Off | 11-19-2011

The credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has upgraded Brazil’s government debt. The credit rating for long-term debt in local currency was upgraded from BBB+ to A-, whereas the long-term debt in foreign currency went from BBB- to BBB, with a positive outlook. The agency’s decision to upgrade Brazil’s rating in the current global economic [...]

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Brazil launches plan to promote empowerment of disabled people

Comments Off | 11-19-2011

The Brazilian government has launched a national plan to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, the “Viver sem Limites” (“Living Without Limits” in Portuguese). The plan comprehends policies in key areas such as education, health, citizenship and accessibility. The aim is to promote social inclusion and independent living of disabled people by eliminating barriers [...]

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