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Cablegate: Brazil Launches Forum On Economic Impacts of Climate

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TAGS: SENV KGHG EAGR TBIO BR
SUBJECT: BRAZIL LAUNCHES FORUM ON ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CLIMATE
CHANGE


1. SUMMARY: The Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research
(IPEA) has launched a climate change forum to focus on analyzing the
main economic, social, and environmental impacts of climate change.
IPEA has a demonstrated reputation of substantial experience in the
economic valuation of environmental impacts. END SUMMARY.

2. The Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) held
an event on May 14 to launch the IPEA Forum on Climate Change. This
forum focuses on analyzing the main economic, social, and
environmental impacts of climate change in the country. The IPEA
Forum proposes to develop a long term plan (for the next 100 years)
to improve Brazil's public policies and to prepare the country for
the possible impacts of climate change. The launching was hosted by
IPEA, Senate representatives, the Director of the Center for
Sustainable Development (University of Brasilia), the Ministry of
Science and Technology, and the Brazilian Ambassador for Climate
Change, Sergio Barbosa Serra.

3. IPEA, a government-led Brazilian research institution which
guides government planning and policy based on state-of-the-art
research has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in
the past and has substantial experience in the economic valuation of
environmental impacts. IPEA's Forum on Climate Change will likely
collaborate with INPE (Brazil's national space research institute)
in obtaining access to satellite-based land use monitoring data.

4. Although Brazil has had an official Forum on Climate Change
since 2000, past meetings have been infrequent and closed to the
public. According to the Ministry of Science and Technology the
2000 Forum is composed of all twelve ministries, the Brazilian
Agency of Water Resources (ANA), and representatives of the civil
society. It is not clear how IPEA's Forum will fit in the context
of the broader Brazilian Forum on Climate Change. Additional
information about the IPEA Forum can be found at:
http://200.130.9.7/clima/ingles/brasil/d28080 0.htm

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