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Cablegate: No Adverse Foreign Policy Implications Regarding Nsf

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PP RUEHRG
DE RUEHBR #0331 0701413
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 101413Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY BRASILIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1199
RUEHRG/AMCONSUL RECIFE 7799
INFO RUEHRI/AMCONSUL RIO DE JANEIRO 5909
RUEHSO/AMCONSUL SAO PAULO 1741

UNCLAS BRASILIA 000331

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE PLS PASS TO NSF/OISE FOR SBURCH
STATE FOR WHA/BSC
STATE FOR OES/STC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KSCA TPHY NSF US BR
SUBJECT: NO ADVERSE FOREIGN POLICY IMPLICATIONS REGARDING NSF
RESEARCH GRANT NO.OISE-07455732 FOR IAI

REF: STATE 17269

1. Reftel requested the Embassy to review a grant proposal for four
training institutes from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
titled "IAI Training Institute to Develop Capacity Building in
Interdisciplinary Global Environmental Change Sciences," number
OISE-07455732. The proposal would be under the direction of Dr.
Marcella Ohira, from the Inter-American Institute for Global Change
Research (IAI), Sao Jose dos Campos (Sao Paulo), Brazil.

2. The Embassy sees no negative foreign policy implications in
awarding the referred grant to three of training institutes: the
training institute on information management; the training institute
on risk; and the training institute on cities' responses to climate
change.

3. The proposed grant to the remaining training institute on
managing semi-arid river basins raises foreign policy concerns
because it touches on the sensitive matter of the use of water
resources of the San Francisco River Basin and it involves the
participation of an NGO, Canoa de Tolda. The Embassy is looking
into the matter more closely, but for now it is expressing
reservations about this part of the grant proposal. Hopefully, upon
a closer examination of the matter, these reservations can be
adequately addressed.

4. Since reftel paragraph 9 informs that human subject are
involved, we emphasize the importance of complying with Brazilian
laws on the export of data and biological material.

CHICOLA

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