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CBC promotes meeting and workshop to analyze the Brazilian NDC

What are the climate challenges for 2020? How do you plan to implement NDC at a state level? These were the questions answered today, on a day that began with the strategic meeting "The Climate Change Challenge for 2020" and, in the afternoon, with the "NDC and MRV at the State Level" workshop.

In the morning, the strategic meeting was held with the participation of 85 specialists, public managers and representatives of various institutions, such as Carlos Nobre (USP), Izabella Teixeira (Co-Chair of International Resource Panel- IRP-UNEP), Eduardo Viola (UNB), Márcio Astrini (Executive Secretary of the Climate Observatory), Mário Mantovani (SOS Mata Atlântica), Alice Amorim (ICS) and several others, to discuss the situation in Brazil and the world about the perspectives for Cop 26, in Glasglow, and the country's strategies for the fulfillment of the NDC goals. The strategic meeting, held in partnership with Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS), was divided into three blocks: national and international conjuncture, NDC and COP 26 and municipal elections of 2020).

"This is an important time to think about the climate agenda. Think about where we were before all this happened and where we will be after all this, and try to anticipate a BAU (Business as usual) scenario. Maybe we were never in a concrete situation of working the social and economic agenda together as the climate agenda. We need to be clear that the scenario was not at all favourable, international or domestic" revealed Alice Amorim.

During the meeting, the agenda of the current situation was related to the new Covid-19 virus where the new pandemic was related to climate change. The scientist, Carlos Nobre, stressed that he fears that the virus will reach the poorest section of the population and that it will end up becoming a justification for the need to increasingly exploit natural resources.

The debate also raised the importance of creating strong articulation movements for the Brazilian parties to take ownership of the climate agenda for their campaigns, especially in relation to adaptation and prevention in relation to floods, waste collection and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

In the second half of the day, already in the afternoon, the Workshop on "NDC and MRV at State Level" was held for the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), in partnership with the Climate Center (COPPE/UFRJ). The main objective was to present indicators and sector targets linked to the NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) and the development of the MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) system, to support and stimulate Brazilian states to reduce GHG emissions and contribute to Brazil's compliance with its NDC targets by 2030.

The event was a space for high-level debate and was attended by 19 Brazilian sub-national states. The ICAT researcher, Ana Cardoso, said that "they are pleased to contribute to the advancement of the climate agenda in Brazil, being this the first contact with the team that is working on the project. Most projects with other countries involve state governments. That?s why there is a lot of expectation in relation to the Brazilian project, to analyze what can be replicated in other countries".

The workshop focused on the presentation of studies coordinated by Emílio La Rovere, professor and coordinator of the Climate Center - COPPE/UFRJ, in partnership with the CBC, on various scenarios of GHG emissions for the implementation of the so-called SDC (State-Determined Contribution) in order to provide states with information subsidies for compliance with the Brazilian NDC.

Asked about the choice of the three states for the program, the executive director of the Brazil Climate Center, Alfredo Sirkis, clarified that the selection of each sector is chosen through the contribution: "Each state varies from place to place, each presents a different context. We make no distinction whether or not the state identifies itself with the federal government, but who is willing to work in partnership or not". At the end of the meeting, Minas Gerais, Amazonia showed their willingness to help with the project.

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