Access to Energy:
Launched in 2003, the objective of the “Electricity for All” program is to connect as many households as possible to the country’s electric power grid. By March 2010, the program had succeeded in connecting 11.5 million households, including 102,000 families in Quilombo communities, 103,000 indigenous households, more than one million households located in agrarian reform settlements, as well as 12,212 rural schools.
The program is credited with the creation of 346 direct and indirect new jobs. In terms of infrastructure, the program is responsible for setting 5.8 million utility poles, installing 852,000 transformers, and stringing 1.12 million km of power transmission lines.
Sustainable Management of Protected Areas:
In the Amazon alone, some 53 million hectares of federal and state lands were designated as protected areas between 2004 and 2009, especially in zones where the forest was under threat by the encroaching economic frontier. In addition, another 10 million hectares of indigenous reserves were designated during this period. Today, 27.04 percent of the Amazon has been designated as protected areas, of which 9 percent are fully protected, and another 17 percent have been designated as areas of sustainable use. Worthy of note in this regard is the Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA), constituting the single largest cooperation initiative for the designation and management of conservation areas in the Amazon. ARPA is responsible for administering technical and financial cooperation resources, which have amounted to nearly US$400 million over 10 years.