Payments for Environmental Services (PSA)

Fundação Boticário participates in several initiatives related to water governance. One of the fronts is the Oasis project. Initiative involves actions related to Payment for Environmental Services in strategic areas for the conservation of water resources.

Grupo Boticário, through Fundação Grupo Boticário, one of the private social investment actions, operates in the issue of water governance on two main fronts.

The first refers to the Oasis model, which supports, through partnerships and, in some cases, its own execution, the adoption of natural infrastructure through the implementation of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) initiatives in strategic areas for the conservation of water resources. .

From 2006 to 2016, seven projects were implemented. The forecast for 2018 is to put into practice three more projects, one of them in strategic spring areas for water security at Grupo Boticário. The action is part of the company's natural capital management strategy, which in this case operates in partnership with the Foundation in the design of actions for resilience.

A second front is the participation of the Boticário Group Foundation in the management core of the Observatório da Governança as Águas (OGA), a multi-actor network formed by consumers, public authorities, academia and entities of the National Water Resources Management System (SINGREH). , which aims to strengthen water governance in Brazil. In 2018, the group had an active participation, with the main deliverable being the design of a platform of governance indicators that will allow assessing the health of SINGREH and articulating actions for its full operation.

One of the key aspects of Oasis planning is to engage private sector actors, particularly those in industry and agriculture, to adopt natural infrastructure (NI) for water security in these activities. To this end, a solid effort is planned to demonstrate the benefits of NI adoption. Among the initiatives are the implementation of demonstrative projects, articulation and advocacy and involvement of the financial sector to build robust business cases that make it possible to make this type of action attractive for investments.

The work of the OGA, on the other hand, provides for the publication of the state-of-the-art of water governance in Brazil, providing technology and a platform of indicators to monitor advances. The OGA also envisions opportunities to act in the training of actors in the system to strengthen governance, as well as in the design of innovation platforms. The idea is to translate the indicator data in a simple way to empower communities that still do not participate in water governance.

The evaluation format is still under development, but it is based on the indicators mentioned above. For the OGA, the premise is to periodically evaluate the evolution of indicators by state and basin committee, among others, based on the first reports on the state of the art of governance.

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