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Updated on 30.03.2016


March 30, 2016 - BNDES, Instituto Votorantim, Fibria and IDB launch Public Management Support Program for Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul

Três Lagoas will be the first Brazilian city that is not a state capital to receive a master plan for improving the quality of life of its residents and for preparing the city for sustainable development. The Public Management Support Program is a joint initiative of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Instituto Votorantim and Fibria that will finance the drafting of the Três Lagoas Sustainable Action Plan and the review of the Participatory Master Plan for the municipality’s long-term development, with the joint participation of public administrators and civil society. The program will be launched officially on Thursday (17) with the support of the municipal government.

The IDB, through its Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI), will conduct a diagnosis of the municipality and develop the Três Lagoas Sustainable Action Plan, which aims to improve the quality of life of the city’s residents and lay the groundwork for the city’s sustainable development.

The Public Management Support Program is a partnership of Instituto Votorantim and the BNDES to support local governments in Brazil to prepare projects for modernizing public administration and land management and transparently coordinating partnerships and resources. Fibria joined forces with the two institutions to sponsor the project in Três Lagoas, where it is currently building its second pulp production line, known as the Horizonte 2 Project. The program adopts the methodology of the IDB’s Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI), which supports cities in their efforts to achieve more balanced growth from the urban, environmental, social and fiscal standpoints, accompanied by economic development.

The project will focus initially on sustainability and development. The Três Lagoas Sustainable Action Plan will be drafted jointly with an Investment Plan. A survey of public opinion of the city’s residents will be conducted to define the investment priorities, always with a long-term view, and 120 indicators in the environment, urban and fiscal dimensions will be compiled. The working group will identify the opportunities for raising funds from existing sources and will conduct studies of the environmental and competitive bases that impact the city and its economic development.

Another work front is the Participatory Master Plan, which will focus on land management and establishing guidelines for soil use and occupation. In this step, an analysis will be conducted of long-term urban planning considering environmental sustainability and social and economic development. This will also help to improve the organization of the city’s regions taking into account their different vocations, with a view to integrating the planning of transportation, sanitation, housing and the installation and maintenance of public equipment.


Support for public administrators

Três Lagoas is the sixth city in Brazil and the first that is not a state capital to benefit from the ESCI. The city is also the country’s first to receive an additional study: one focused on competitiveness under the scope of the ESCI.

Launched in 2012, the Public Management Support Program aims to share experiences in business administration with the public sector and to encourage the implementation of improvements in city’s economic, social and infrastructure indicators.

“The Public Management Support Program in Três Lagoas is the first to combine the methodologies of Instituto Votorantim and the BNDES with those of the IDB, which are two structural initiatives that offer important instruments for supporting public administrators in formulating their strategic and sustainable planning for their city,” said Cloves Carvalho, director of Instituto Votorantim.


About Fibria 

The world leader in eucalyptus pulp production, Fibria strives to meet the growing global demand for forestry products in a sustainable manner. With production capacity of 5.3 million tons of pulp per year, it has industrial units in Aracruz (Espírito Santo), Jacareí (São Paulo) and Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul), as well as in Eunápolis (Bahia), where it operates Veracel in a joint operation with Stora Enso. Fibria has 969,000 hectares of forests, with 568,000 hectares of planted forests, 338,000 hectares of environmental preservation and conservation areas and 63,000 hectares destined for other uses. The pulp manufactured by Fibria is exported to more than 40 countries. In May 2015, Fibria announced the expansion of its Três Lagoas unit, which will receive a new line with annual pulp production capacity of 1.75 million tons and is slated for startup in the fourth quarter of 2017. Learn more at