This month, FGV EPGE- Brazilian Graduate School of Economics - held another meeting in the series Temas Contemporâneos (Contemporary Issues) - which discusses current issues from the perspective of different areas of knowledge. In this issue, the School welcomed the state Congressman and former Secretary of State for the Environment of Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Minc.
During the lecture, Minc talked about the creation of the State Environmental Institute (INEA), in 2007, from the merging of three agencies: State Foundation of Environmental Engineering (Feema), State Superintendent of Rivers and Lakes (Serla) and State Forest Institute (IEF). He also talked about the current challenge of the institute: integrating the State's environmental policy and meeting the demands of society concerning environmental issues.
When talking about INEA's management, Minc highlighted the main achievements and issues faced. According to him, thanks to the creation of law ICMS Verde, (also from 2007), the "environmentally protected area of Rio de Janeiro doubled from 105,000 to 220,000 hectares". The law states that municipalities that invest in environmental protection have higher transfers on the Tax on Circulation of Goods and Services (ICMS).
Minc also recognized the problem of landfills, but stressed that this is a "problem faced by 90% of cities in the country," he said. After his presentation, Carlos Minc opened the debate to students.
The lectures of the Contemporary Issues Series always take place at 2 pm, in the 12th floor auditorium of FGV's main offices in Rio de Janeiro.
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