Workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - July 2014

This meeting brought together leaders from the Chesapeake Bay and Guanabara Bay regions to discuss shared governance models that enhance stakeholder communication, decision-making, and expedite implementation of restoration projects.

Workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - July 2014

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Program
Maryland Delegation and Support Team
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Workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - July 2014

Structuring Governance Model for Environmental Recovery of Guanabara Bay 

Monday, July 28 Official Opening Meeting

09:00-10:00: Introductions of the Delegation

Participants

Mr. Carlos Portinho, Secretary of Environment of the State of Rio de Janeiro
Ms. Isaura Fraga, Chairman of the State Environmental Institute
Mr. Wagner Farm Victer, President of CEDAE
Mr. Gelson Baptista Serva, Executive Coordinator of UEPSAM
Mr. Antenor Barros Leal, President of ACRJ
Mr. Haroldo Mattos de Lemos, Chairman of the Business Council of MA and Sustainability ACRJ
Mr. Jaime Teixeira Azulay, Director General of the Watershed Committee of the Guanabara Bay
Mr. John Creamer, Consul of the United States of America in Rio de Janeiro
Ms. Cam Hill-Macon, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Robert Summers, Secretary of the Department of Environment, State of Maryland
Mr. Joe Gill, Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, State of Maryland
Mr. Fernando Bretas, Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank

10:00-12:00: Meeting to exchange information between the U.S. delegation and representatives of the State Government of Rio de Janeiro and invited representatives of the Universities of RJ

1. Overview of the Water Quality of Guanabara Bay

    Speaker: INEA

    Presentation: Water Quality of Guanabara Bay

    2. Challenges of Managing the Collection and Treatment of Wastewater

    Speaker: Gelson Serva

    Presentation: Collection and Treatment of Wastewater

    3. Challenges of Solid Waste Management

    Speaker: Gelson Serva

    Presentation: Solid Waste Management

    4. Challenges to the Planning and Development of Environmental Actions

    14:30-17:30: Meetings with NGOs & Academia

     I. Governance Structure of the Chesapeake Bay Program

    1. Role of Federal Government: 

    Speaker: Robert Summers

    Presentation: Restoration and Governance of the Chesapeake Bay Program 

    2. Engagement of NGOs

    Speaker: Halle Van der Gaag

    Presentation: Governance and Community Engagement

    3. Engagement of the Academic Sector

    Speaker: Dave Nemazie

    Presentation: The Role of Science in Bay Restoration

      II. Scenario for the New Governance Structure of Guanabara Bay

      1. Structure, Function, and Regional Coverage
      2. Vision and Strategic Plan
      3. Stakeholder Involvement
      4. Decision-Making Process and Authority to Carry Out Decisions
      5. Communication Plans

      III. Overview and Planning IDB Technical Cooperation with Stakeholders

      a. Goals

      b. Description of Projects, including:

      i. Geographic Scope

      ii. Schedule

      iii. Prioritization of Actions

      IV. Panel Discussion: Stakeholder Engagement

      • How the governance structure of Guanabara Bay can be strengthened
        • Key points

      Tuesday, July 29, 2014

      09:30 -12:00: Meetings with Representatives of the Private Sector

       I. Governance Structure of the Chesapeake Bay Program

      1. Role of Federal Government - see above

        2. Engagement of the Private Sector

          Speaker: Anwer Hasan

          Presentation: Integrated Water Management in Maryland

          II. Scenario for the New Governance Structure of Guanabara Bay

          1. Structure, Function, and Regional Coverage
          2. Vision and Strategic Plan
          3. Stakeholder Involvement
          4. Decision-Making Process and Authority to Carry Out Decisions
          5. Communication Plans

          III. Overview and Planning IDB Technical Cooperation with Stakeholders

          a. Goals

          b. Description of Projects, including:

          i. Geographic Scope

          ii. Schedule

          iii. Prioritization of Actions

          IV. Panel Discussion: Stakeholder Engagement

          • How the governance structure of Guanabara Bay can be strengthened
            • Key points

          14:30-17:30 PM: Meetings with Representatives of the Public Sector

           I. Governance Structure of the Chesapeake Bay Program

          1. Role of Federal Government - see above

          2. Role of State Government

            Speaker: Joseph Gill

            Presentation: The Chesapeake Bay 2014 Agreement

            3. Role of Local Government

              Speaker: Rudolph Chow

              Presentation: Large Utility Perspective on Cleaning the Chesapeake Bay 

              II. Scenario for the New Governance Structure of Guanabara Bay

              1. Structure, Function, and Regional Coverage
              2. Vision and Strategic Plan
              3. Stakeholder Involvement
              4. Decision-Making Process and Authority to Carry Out Decisions
              5. Communication Plans

              III. Overview and Planning IDB Technical Cooperation with Stakeholders

              a. Goals

              b. Description of Projects, including:

              i. Geographic Scope

              ii. Schedule

              iii. Prioritization of Actions

              IV. Panel Discussion: Stakeholder Engagement

              • How the governance structure of Guanabara Bay can be strengthened
                • Key points

              Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

              Meeting between the U.S. delegation and representatives of the State Government of Rio de Janeiro

              • Consolidation of Meeting Results
              • Define Schedule and Actions related to Technical Cooperation 
              • Participation of Foreign Consultants

              Thursday, July 31, 2014

              Field visits to sites of Rio de Janeiro related to Guanabara Bay

              1. Environmental Tour of Niteroi

              Host: Vice Mayor Axel Grael

              2. Project Grael

              Resources

              3. Alegria Waste Water Treatment Plant

              Speaker: CEDAE

              Presentation: Environmental Visitation Center, Alegria WWTP

               

              Maryland Delegation and Support Team

              Mr. John S. Creamer - U.S. Consul General

              Mr. Rudolph S. Chow - Director, Department of Public Works, City of Baltimore

              Mr. Joseph P. Gill - Secretary, Department of Natural Resources, State of Maryland

              Mr. Anwer Hasan - Senior Vice President and Director of Water Resources, Louis Berger Water Resources Inc.

              Mr. Thomas G. Lewis - President, Louis Berger Water Services Inc.

              Ms. Cam Hill-Macon - Senior Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Office of International and Tribal Affairs

              Mr. Dave Nemazie - Associate Vice President for External Affairs, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

              Mr. Robert M. Summers, Ph.D., - Secretary, Department of the Environment, State of Maryland

              Ms. Halle Van der Gaag - Executive Director, Blue Water Baltimore

              Mr. Fernando Bretas - Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank

              Mr. Axel Grael – Niteroi (City) Vice Mayor

              Mr. Carlos Francisco Portinho - Secretary of Environment, State of Rio de Janeiro

              Mr. Márcio Santa Rosa – Environmental Technical Consultant of PSAM

              Mr. Gelson Serva – Executive Coordinator of PSAM/SEA – Guanabara Bay Environmental Sanitation Program / Rio de Janeiro State Environment Secretary