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This project supports the specialized journalism agency Mongabay.org to increase the quality and quantity of journalistic coverage of Brazilian finance of energy development in the Amazon rainforest. This project will pay particular attention to exploring the role that Brazil is playing in new hydroelectric power projects in the Tapajos watershed, one of the last intact river systems in the Brazilian Amazon. Mongabay.org is a specialist in science and environmental reporting about tropical forests, with partnerships for dissemination of material in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The Center for Socio-Environmental Support is a grantmaking and capacity-building organization focused on strengthening grassroots environmental and civil society organizations. This grant increase will support a study to identify the challenges of providing access to clean, renewable energy to underserved communities in South America and provide recommendations on how to establish and improve programs for expanding access to energy.
This renewal will support continued work of the Uruguayan Study Center of Appropriate Technologies to research and analyze the impacts of trade and integration policies on the environment in South America and develop environmentally sustainable alternatives. This project will produce policy analysis from original research; disseminate research findings via a Web site, publications, and a variety of media outlets; conduct workshops with environmental organizations, citizens' groups, academics, and local and national government officials; and develop tools for integrating environmental considerations in regional economic integration processes.
The Mott Foundation's Environment program, through its International Finance for Sustainability focus, supports nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working to shape international trade and investment strategies to support sustainable development, reduce environmental degradation in the region and offer local economic opportunities.
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