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:
- Past Activities
- Learn More About Brazil
June 2016: EPA facilitated and participated in a seminar in Rio de Janeiro to help ReciclAção, a community-based recycling partnership, train local leaders to advance community-based recycling projects in Brazil. During the seminar, participants helped develop a roadmap based on EPA’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program.
EPA has used the CARE program to help communities become stewards of their own environment. This seminar was the first time that the CARE model was shared outside of the U.S. Workshop participants found the model relevant for community-based recycling projects and for other community engagement efforts. (View the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Roadmap - 10-Step Plan to Improve Community Environment and Health.)
This work was conducted as part of EPA’s technical assistance to the ReciclAção recycling partnership in follow up to the JIUS.
As an outcome of the June 2015 meeting between then-President Obama and then-Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, the EPA Administrator and Brazilian Minister of Environment 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
Technical support to the Reciclação project
In 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. As a follow up, EPA explored opportunities to work with Rio to provide technical assistance and to scale up community-based efforts to improve environmental conditions in underserved areas.
This work led to 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.
To continue this work, in September 2015, EPA organized “The Philly-Rio Experience: Driving Community Sustainable Development by Reducing Environmental Risk,” a seminar for exchange between the ReciclAção recycling partnership in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the North Philadelphia Village of Arts and Humanities (VAH).
Guanabara Bay-Chesapeake Bay partnership
In December 2013, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and former Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral launched a partnership to share best practices Exitfor keeping the iconic bays in both states – the Guanabara in Rio and the Chesapeake in Maryland – clean, healthy and sustainable. EPA has helped facilitate and support this partnership, including a July 2013 study tour to exchange ideas for protecting the Chesapeake and Guanabara Bays.Exit
In July 2014, 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. ExitThe purpose of this workshop was to launch an outreach process with various local 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.
- 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|