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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The German government transferred US$268 million (R$1.1 billion) to Brazil in 2017 for investment in environmental protection projects, according to information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the request of G1 news site.

This amount is almost four times the budget of the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) for non-compulsory expenditures in 2019 (R$286.7 million, which already includes the budget cut announced by the government, according to NGO Contas Abertas).

Among non-compulsory expenses are those ranging from water and electricity bills to . . .

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