Metropolitan Areas, Urban Agglomerations and Integrated Development Areas

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Description

The registry of Brazilian municipalities located in Metropolitan Areas – RMs, Urban Agglomerations and Integrated Development Areas – RIDEs is quarterly updated by the Surveys of Metropolitan Areas, Urban Agglomerations and Integrated Development Areas. The main goal is to identify the political-administrative units in Brazil located in Metropolitan Areas, Urban Agglomerations and Integrated Development Areas, which deserve specific treatment on behalf of their planning and management peculiarities.

Metropolitan Areas and Urban Agglomerations consist of arrangements of bordering municipalities and are established by a complementary state law, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 3 of the 1988 Federal Constitution, aiming at integrating the organization, planning and execution of the public assignments of general interest. In the list provided by the IBGE, there are also categories associated to the divisions: metropolitan belts, metropolitan arches (highways), metropolitan expansion areas, metropolitan subdivisions, and others. The Integrated Development Areas, in turn, are defined as administrative areas that include different Federation Units. These divisions are created by specific legislation, in which the Federation Units that compose it are listed and the operational structure and the interests of the political-administrative member-units are defined. In the case of RIDEs, the jurisdiction to create it belongs to the Federal Government, pursuant to Article 21, subsection 9; Articles 43 and 48, subsection 4, of Federal Constitution.