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This grant to Instituto Centro de Vida will support the secretariat of the Amazon Regional Network to build understanding and capacity on the impacts of Brazilian Development Bank investments in energy and infrastructure in the Greater Amazon Rainforest, and particularly, to work with and support the network's infrastructure working group. An additional component of the project will work with local communities in the Tapajos and Teles Pires watersheds of the Amazon Rainforest to monitor and seek to mitigate impacts of a large hydroelectric complex planned in this, as yet undeveloped, region of the forest.
National development banks, such as those in Brazil and China, are increasingly dominating development finance in energy and infrastructure in South America. To carry forward lessons learned from work on international financial institutions and build capacity, deeper understanding of standards as well as cooperation between civil society in South America and China are important. This grant increase will support the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analysis to produce and disseminate two reports on Chinese and Brazilian development finance standards, as well as participate in convenings with global and Chinese civil society.
This project supports development of legal expertise and training for organizations, communities, and Latin American countries receiving Chinese investment in energy and infrastructure. The project builds on experience with strengthening social and environmental standards in international financial institutions and deepening understanding and application of Chinese standards to its overseas investments. Titled the China-Latin America Sustainable Investments Initiative, the project will be launched by American University.
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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