CBRN – Biodiversity and Natural Resources Coordination

The CBRN – Biodiversity and Natural Resources Coordination is responsible for proposing norms which regulate environmental legislation, as well as planning, coordinating and executing projects and actions related to the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and natural resources of the São Paulo State.

Acting throughout the whole subnational territory, CBRN comprises three departments (Sustainable Development, Biodiversity Protection and Fauna), multiple Centers and Divisions that act on specific themes. Ten Technical Divisions of Programs and Projects and an Administrative Division also integrate CBRN.

The Coordination counts with ten regional headquarters, having also established several partnerships for the execution of its programs, projects and actions.

For more information, please visit: (in Portuguese)

CEA – Environmental Education Coordination

CEA – the Environmental Education Coordination aims to incorporate environmental education into public policies and managerial processes, permeating the set of actions and projects carried out by the Secretariat for the Environment.

Environmental education aims to sensitize and raise the population’s awareness regarding the preservation, conservation and improvement of the environment. It is a process of knowledge, value, skill and experience transmission to enable individuals to exercise their citizenship and seek solutions for current and future environmental challenges.

CEA is responsible for:

  • Implementing the State Policy on Environmental Education;
  • Promoting São Paulo’s participation in various national and international environmental education programs;
  • Developing and supporting studies, researches and methodologies on environmental education;
  • Producing didactic and information material;
  • Gathering, treating and disseminating the accumulated knowledge in this area;
  • Promoting human resources training;
  • Monitoring and evaluating environmental education practices; and
  • Disseminating educational programs and campaigns on issues related to the environment.

For more information, please visit: (in Portuguese)

CPLA – Environmental Planning Coordination

CPLA – the Environmental Planning Coordination aims to propose guidelines for territorial planning, in addition to developing tools and instruments for the State environmental planning and contributing to the integration of socioeconomic development and environmental protection, thus improving the quality of life.

Comprised by two Departments (Strategic Environmental Planning and Environmental Information), its general tasks are:

  • Plan the zoning of areas under special protection or of strategic environmental interest;
  • Propose and establish forms of cooperation with other bodies and entities, public and private, aimed at the promotion, restoration and conservation of environmental quality;
  • Promote actions which link environmental planning to other public sectors, fostering true sustainable development;
  • Develop strategic environmental planning for the use of environmental resources in order to promote the integration of social and economic development with environmental protection, while ensuring the participation of society;
  • Monitor the implementation of regional development plans, enabling the incorporation of goals on prevention, protection and recovery of environmental conditions;
  • Consolidate and provide environmental information, in support of decision-making for environmental management;
  • Participate in the Coordinating Committee of the State Plan of Water Resources – CORHI.

For more information, please visit: (in Portuguese)

CFA – Environmental Inspection Coordination

The CFA – Environmental Inspection Coordination’s main objective is to coordinate environmental inspection actions. This is done mainly by:

  • Proposing rules and setting procedures to guide enforcement actions, imposing sanctions and fines;
  • Planning, coordinating and monitoring the implementation of standards and policies, as well as the implementation of programs, projects and actions related to inspection and monitoring of natural resources;
  • Proposing the definition of priorities for the use of financial funds from the administrative penalties imposed by the Secretariat and from the environmental policing units of the Military Police of São Paulo;
  • Providing technical support for the environmental policing units of the Military Police responsible for carrying out prevention and prosecution of infractions committed against the environment;
  • Developing reports that may support licensing and environmental monitoring activities of other bodies and institutions of SEAQUA – the State Environmental Quality Administration System.

For more information, please visit: (in Portuguese)

CPU – Urban Parks Coordination

The CPU – Urban Parks Coordination has the task of improving the environmental management of eleven State Parks, in addition to expanding public green and leisure areas and promoting improvement projects in existing ones. The centralization of urban park management will contribute to achieving economy in the development of expansion projects. The main goals of CPU are:

  • Map the difficulties of each park and standardize procedures respecting their particularities;
  • Create new tools to monitor, coordinate and evaluate leisure, sport and cultural projects in these parks, in combination with their environmental management;

CPU administers the following urban parks: Villa-Lobos, Jequitibá, Embu-Guaçu, Tizo, Juventude, Água Branca, Belém, Pomar Urbano, Alberto Löfgren, Candido Portinari and Guarapiranga, in São Paulo; Gabriel Chucre, in Carapicuíba; and Chácara da Baronesa, in Santo André.

For more information, please visit: (in Portuguese)

CMVA – GreenBlue Municipality Program Coordination

The GreenBlue Municipality is an innovative environmental program created in 2007 to support the municipalities of the State of São Paulo in structuring and carrying out their own environmental actions. Its aim is to expand the municipal environmental agenda, gaining efficiency in local management.

Through this Program, the Secretariat for the Environment works in cooperation with local public administrations, providing technical assistance and capacity-building for municipal officers. It is a Program of voluntary participation, and at the end of 2014, 610 out of a total of 645 municipalities were actively taking part in this initiative and sharing its benefits.

Participation, democratization and decentralization: this is the recipe for the GreenBlue Municipality Program. Through shared environmental management, the State Government is continuously enhancing its partnership with municipalities, making joint decisions and encouraging municipal actions in benefit of society and the environment. This decentralization also aims to promote the participation of different actors of society in environmental policy-making, fostering social empowerment for sustainability.

The actions of the Program comprise ten overarching areas, in accordance with specific criteria to be evaluated every year. The ten areas on which municipalities are encouraged to focus their efforts are:

  1. Treated Sewage;
  2. Solid Waste;
  3. Biodiversity;
  4. Urban Forestation;
  5. Environmental Education;
  6. Sustainable City;
  7. Water Management;
  8. Air Quality;
  9. Environmental Structure; and
  10. Environmental Council.

At the end of each annual cycle, the effectiveness of municipalities in conducting the proposed actions is measured through pre-established indicators, assessed through self-reporting.

Enrollment in the GreenBlue Municipality Program is a pre-condition for municipalities to receive resources of the State Fund for Pollution Control – FECOP, which is administered by the Secretariat for the Environment.

For more information, please visit: (in Portuguese)