The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was established in Germany on November 14.
Cooperativa Pindorama (Alagoas) establishes the first cooperation with the German government. The cooperative remains strong with 30,000 hectares of productive area in the agriculture and livestock sectors.
Cooperativa Piá expands its milk processing business after training provided by the German Cooperation. Currently, it operates in 85 municipalities with a focus on the production of healthy foods.
Inauguration of the Farming Administration School (ESAF), conceived under the framework of cooperation with the DSE (German Development Foundation). The cooperation began in 1970 and specialized consultancies, training and interchange programmes have taken place since then.
The no-till farming method was multiplied in several states by farmers from Paraná who benefited from the Cooperation.
Anyone eating an apple today in Brazil does not imagine that there is a tad of German Cooperation in this story. Most of the apples consumed by Brazilians used to come from Argentina. The state of Santa Catarina has developed apple cultivation technologies alongside German partners.
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl visits the Amazon. PPG-7, the Pilot Program for the Protection of the Rainforest in Brazil, was the initiative that jump-started international cooperation to combat climate change.
The Biodiversity Convention was signed during the ECO-92 conference.
Cooperation with CETESB in São Paulo aimed at recovering contaminated urban areas. Institutional strengthening of environmental agencies was already the goal for both Brazil and Germany since the ‘80s, with the understanding that cooperation in the environmental area should become the focus of bilateral cooperation.
Cooperation with Senai and Sebrae which enabled the enhancement of capacity-building for professionals in the Northeast, thus contributing to the economic development within the region.
Two important events underpin the Brazil-Germany Cooperation:
• Signing of the Brazil-Germany Energy Agreement with a view to strengthening this area of cooperation. At 350 million in funding provided by Germany, the expansion of the installation of wind farms in Brazil is initiated through the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).
• First projects under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) are rolled out in Brazil. The focus is placed in areas such as mitigation, adaptation, forests and biodiversity, as well as in marine and coastal areas.
Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Brazil and interacts with young people from underprivileged communities in Bahia. The governments of Brazil and Germany make new commitments on the two pillars of the cooperation: protection and sustainable use of rainforest; renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Intergovernmental negotiations: ratification of dynamic cooperation supported by trust and mutual respect. Approval of EUR 334.5 million for new investments.
With funding provided through the Cooperation, Salvador's subway starts running, thus providing improvement for the environment and for the population of the city and the curtailing of greenhouse gas emissions.
Launching of the Brazilian Charter on Smart Cities. The national reference document has been drafted in a collaborative process and consolidates a national vision on the responsible and innovative use of digital transformation for sustainable and inclusive urban development.
Signature of an agreement with the United Nations Environment Program for studies on environmental accounting and climate-based funding. The Cooperation with the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) promotes the strengthening of external oversight in the environmental area, in which Brazil is a reference throughout Latin America.
Two important events underpin the year of the Brazil-Germany Cooperation:
• Confirmation of a new technical cooperation project for professional skill-building of 14,000 technicians in renewable energy, bioeconomy and circular economy sectors by 2024.
• H2Brasil launch, a project to support the expansion of the green hydrogen market in the country through tools, initiatives, and studies to improve the legal, institutional, and technological conditions of the sector.