Climate Policy Initiative Opens Rio Center

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Climate watchers in Brazil and the world can celebrate today’s official launch of a Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) center in Brazil. CPI Rio will focus on effective green and low carbon development policies in Brazil.

CPI is a global analysis and advisory organization that supports the efforts of countries towards green and low-carbon growth.

This is positive news for Brazilians as CPI Rio will examine low-carbon growth policies and programs in Brazil in areas such as forestry and agriculture, finance, and cap and trade systems.

The center will be affiliated with Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). CPI Rio will be directed by Juliano Assunção, a professor at PUC-Rio and a consultant to the Brazilian Ministry of Finance and the World Bank.

“Climate Policy Initiative is thrilled to partner with PUC-Rio to provide valuable insights that policymakers seek,” said CPI executive director Thomas Heller in a prepared statement.

Heller says CPI hopes to analyze current policy and share what it has learned with Brazilian policy makers and others around the world. Brazil is seen as an active player in forestry and agriculture and other climate-related policy activities. “Brazil is a very valuable contributor to this discussion.”

The loss of old-growth forests in Brazil’s Amazon area in order to make land available for agriculture and grazing cattle has been cited by many climate scientists as an important factor in the global warming perspective.

To mark the launch, CPI Rio will host a climate policy seminar today.

Seminar speakers include: Eduardo Assad, Brazil’s Secretary for Climate Change at the Ministry of Environment; Suzana Kahn Riberio, Under Secretary of Green Economy at the Rio de Janeiro State Secretariat of Environment; Armínio Fraga, Founding Member of Gávea Investimentos Ltda. and Chairman of the Board at BM&FBovespa; Sergio Weguelin from the Brazlian Development Bank, BNDES; Leif Ervik, Director General at Norway’s Ministry of Finance; Thomas Heller, Executive Director of CPI; Barbara Buchner, Director of CPI Venice and former senior analyst at International Energy Agency (IEA); and Kath Rowley, Director of CPI San Francisco and former Australian policy and regulatory agency official.

CPI is a global policy effectiveness analysis and advisory organization. Its mission is to assess, diagnose, and support nations’ efforts to achieve low-carbon growth. The organization has long-term support from George Soros, CPI’s headquarters are in San Francisco.

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