Introducing the 2030 WRG São Paulo Representative

Stela Goldenstein joined the 2030 Water Resources Group team as Representative for its program in São Paulo, Brazil. She has assumed her duties as of July 1st, 2017.

Stela is a geographer and brings an extensive experience from working with the public sector in Brazil, at the federal, state and municipal levels focusing on environmental, water resources, housing, and urban planning and development policies. She was part of the development of the Environment Council and the Environment Secretariat of the State of São Paulo. In the Environment Secretariat, she was Coordinator of Environmental Planning; Sub-Secretary and Secretary of Environment of the State of São Paulo. She was also Municipal Secretary of Environment of the City of São Paulo. She coordinated, representing the environmental sector, the definition of the environmental legislation of water resources and the implementation of the Hydrographic Basin Committees in the State of São Paulo.

Before joining the 2030 WRG, Stela was the executive director of the NGO Águas Claras do Rio Pinheiros. She is a council member of other associations and has also worked with the private sector as an environmental management consultant.

To learn more about the São Paulo program, please read our post about the first meetings of the São Paulo Working Groups.

For more information and to participate, contact Stela Goldenstein (sgoldenstein@ifc.org) or Julia Cadaval Martins (jcadavalmartins@ifc.org).

[Portuguese only] MoU signed with Sao Paulo Water and Sanitation Secretariat

A Secretaria de Saneamento e Recursos Hídricos do Estado de São Paulo assinou Memorando de Entendimento (MoU) com a Corporação Financeira Internacional (IFC), entidade do grupo do Banco Mundial que é a implementadora do 2030 Grupo de Recursos Hídricos (WRG). Esta, por sua vez, é uma plataforma multiatores para tratar de questões relacionadas à água e acelerar reformas que garantam a sustentabilidade no gerenciamento de recursos hídricos.

O memorando assinado garante o interesse mútuo da SSRH e a IFC de trabalhar para o intercâmbio de experiências e melhores práticas em matérias de desenvolvimento, gestão e proteção dos recursos hídricos. “Temos muito interesse em desenvolver projetos e trocar experiências na questão de recursos hídricos, notadamente na questão de controle de cheias, um problema que afeta diretamente a Grande São Paulo”, apontou o secretário Benedito Braga.

A assinatura é um passo inicial de aproximação para definição de áreas de interesse e possíveis projetos de cooperação. Além do secretário Benedito Braga, participaram da solenidade Anders Berntell, diretor executivo do 2030 Grupo de Recursos Hídricos/IFC, a secretária adjunta da SSRH Mônica Porto, o representante da IFC para a América Latina César Fonseca, a representante da IFC para São Paulo Stela Goldenstein e a coordenadora de projetos da IFC Júlia Cadaval Martins.

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MoU signed with the Sao Paulo Water and Sanitation Secretariat

São Paulo, 03 July 2017 – The São Paulo State Secretariat of Sanitation and Water Resources and the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) signed a memorandum of understanding on July 3rd, 2017, to design and implement various initiatives that will promote water security in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

The MoU was signed by Benedito Braga, São Paulo State Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources and President of the World Water Council, Monica Porto, Deputy Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources, and Anders Berntell, Executive Director of the 2030 WRG.

After the unprecedented drought that affected the state of São Paulo in 2014-2015, the 2030 WRG had been invited to investigate whether the development of multi-stakeholder platforms in São Paulo could strengthen solutions to the local water challenges. Following several interviews, meetings and workshops, 3 potential areas of work have been identified: (1) Water demand management, including water reuse and recycling; (2) Sustainable financing of water infrastructure; and (3) Economic/insurance support for water security, to manage risks.

With the signing of the MoU, the 2030 WRG and the São Paulo State Secretariat of Sanitation and Water Resources will join efforts in the development of a multi-stakeholder platform in the state of São Paulo.