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EPA Collaboration with Brazil
Brazil’s size (the 5th largest country in the world and the largest in Latin America), large population, and high levels of economic growth and urbanization make Brazil a priority country for U.S. environmental cooperation. EPA and Brazil began formal cooperation in 1987, with an agreement between EPA and the Sao Paulo State environmental agency, the Sao Paulo Sanitation Technology Company (CETESB). EPA works with national and local environmental agencies in Brazil to exchange information on environmental management and risk reduction in areas of mutual interest.
Explore our work with Brazil:
September 2015: “The Philly-Rio Experience: Driving Community Sustainable Development by Reducing Environmental Risk,” a seminar organized by EPA, will take place September 2-4 in Philadelphia. The seminar serves as a platform for exchange between the ReciclAção recycling partnership in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the North Philadelphia Village of Arts and Humanities (VAH).
- ReciclAção is an innovative project promoting the reduction of environmental risk in the underserved Rio community of Prazeres by using profits from the sale of recyclable materials to fund community development and environmental education activities in that community.
- VAH is a U.S. project working on similar topics in a community with similar challenges.
Through panel discussions and site visits, the seminar will provide a platform for the exchange of solid waste management and community development best practices, strategies, and tools between VAH and ReciclAção. These ideas will be captured and made available for future use in communities facing similar challenges.
July 2015: As an outcome of the June 30th meeting between President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, EPA Administrator McCarthy and the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (MMA) launched a new work plan under the EPA-MMA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to protect the environment while promoting economic growth and social development. EPA and MMA will begin collaboration with policy dialogues and technical webinars on water quality topics.
Learn more about the shared commitment and partnership between the United States and Brazil, which includes implementation of the EPA-MMA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU):
- U.S.-Brazil Joint Statement On Climate Change
- Joint Communique by President Barack Obama and President Dilma Rousseff
- Fact Sheet: The United States and Brazil - A Mature and Multi-Faceted Partnership
- Remarks: President Obama and President Rousseff of Brazil in Joint Press Conference
July 2014: To enhance the Guanabara Bay-Chesapeake Bay partnership, EPA and a delegation of officials and experts from Maryland traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to participate in a Workshop on Governance Structures to Enhance the Restoration of Guanabara Bay. Exit The purpose of this workshop was to launch an outreach process with various Guanabara Bay stakeholder groups and solicit their ideas on governance structures for Guanabara Bay. The workshop used lessons learned from the Chesapeake Bay governance model to enrich the discussions.
December 2013: Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Former Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral launched a partnership to share best practices Exit for keeping the iconic bays in both states – the Guanabara in Rio and the Chesapeake in Maryland – clean, healthy and sustainable. EPA helped facilitate this partnership through a series of technical exchanges where government officials and stakeholders from both bays shared information on their challenges and programs, and on strategies for the future. EPA continues to support this partnership through technical assistance on priority topics.
July 2013: EPA partnered with the City of Rio’s Pereira Passos Institute (IPP) to host a workshop to share approaches and tools for participatory solid waste management in underserved areas. Exit As a follow up, EPA is exploring opportunities to work with Rio to provide technical assistance and to scale up community-based efforts to improve environmental conditions in underserved areas. One area of cooperation is technical support to the Reciclação project, a public-private partnership launched in the Prazeres community in Rio. This partnership works to reduce environmental risk by collecting recyclable materials in the community and using the revenue from their sale to implement environmental improvements in the community and environmental education programs.
Air Quality Index
Brazil Fuel Switching Project
- U.S.-BRAZIL JOINT ACTION PLAN TO ELIMINATE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION (PDF) - Fact Sheet from the Department of State
- EPA-Ministry of Environment Memorandum of Understanding
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|Brazil Ministry of Environment (MMA)||State of Rio||Environmental Agency for the State of Sao Paulo (CETESB)|
|Brazil Special Secretariat for Racial Equality||City of Rio|