Brazil Policy Center

The Brazil Policy Center combines rigorous economic, institutional, and legal analysis to identify areas for improving public policies and provides concrete recommendations on how to reconcile economic development with environmental conservation. CPI works closely with government agencies and civil society to chart paths for improvement. CPI’s Brazil Policy Center focuses on strategic areas, including Climate Law and Governance, Conservation, Energy, Financial Instruments, Infrastructure, and Sustainable Agriculture, and is based out the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). CPI’s Brazil office is led by Juliano J. Assunção, professor in the Department of Economics at PUC-Rio.

Latest work

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Protected Territories, Though Critical, are Not Enough to Slow Amazon Deforestation: Brazil Requires Coordinated and Targeted Conservation Policies

New work from CPI/PUC-Rio shows that protected territories shielded forests under their domain, but they also appear to have deflected deforestation to unprotected regions. The findings highlight the local effectiveness of these territories, and thereby support their use in protecting high-value areas. Yet, results also reinforce the importance of pursuing protection strategies in combination with integrated conservation policy efforts to reduce deforestation throughout the Amazon.

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Como Melhorar a Eficiência no Setor de Ar-Condicionado? O Papel da Zona Franca de Manaus

O presente trabalho analisa a linha de produção dos aparelhos de ar no Brasil, no que tange particularmente à eficiência produtiva (EP) e à eficiência energética (EE).

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Questions and Answers on Provisional Measure 910

Researchers from the CPI/PUC-Rio prepared 10 questions and answers to clarify what is at stake with Provisional Measure 910.

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Targeting Deforestation, Boosting Regeneration: Efforts to Combat Forest Clearings in the Amazon Promote Tropical Regrowth

New work from CPI/PUC-Rio shows that environmental monitoring and law enforcement exclusively aimed at reducing Amazon deforestation helped boost tropical regeneration. Results suggest that environmental and socio-economic gains from conservation policies may be larger than initially presumed. Today, it would be both timely and strategic for Brazil to incorporate the promotion and protection of tropical regeneration into its conservation policy agenda.

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Does the Manaus Free Trade Zone Have an Impact on Industry Efficiency?

This study, carried out by researchers from the CPI/PUC-Rio, analyzes the impact of the Manaus Free Trade Zone (ZFM) on Brazilian industry, especifically productive efficiency and energy efficiency. The researchers note that the efficiency levels of the ZFM and Brazil are similar, that is, despite the high volume of tax breaks granted to the ZFM industries, there is no counterpart in terms of efficiency.

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O Impacto do Crédito Rural na Agricultura Brasileira e no Meio Ambiente

Esta publicação apresenta um resumo dos resultados de uma pesquisa realizada pelo CPI/PUC-Rio sobre o papel do crédito rural no Brasil. Os analistas do CPI determinaram, pelo projeto INPUT, que o crédito rural tem impacto significativo no aumento da produtividade agropecuária e na melhoria do uso da terra. Os analistas concluem que a falta de recursos financeiros frequentemente limita as possibilidades de produção dos produtores rurais no Brasil. Um melhor acesso a crédito permite que os produtores tomem novas decisões que levam a maior produtividade.

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Forest Degradation in the Brazilian Amazon: Public Policy Must Target Phenomenon Related to Deforestation

To enhance understanding of this phenomenon, researchers from CPI/PUC-Rio empirically characterized the dynamics of degradation and its relationship with clear-cut deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Improving Public Contracting Processes of Socio-Enviromental Studies for Brazil's Land Transportation Projects

In this report, researchers from CPI/PUC-Rio analyze in detail the public contracting process for EVTEA and EIAs for land transport infrastructure projects in the Amazon and reveal: a lack of transparency in the contracting process and a lack of criteria for selection, evaluation and approval of the studies.

Team

Brenda Prallon

Analyst, Sustainable Agriculture and Infrastructure

Rhayana Holz

Analyst, Energy

Juliano J. Assunção

Executive Director, Brazil Policy Center

Arthur Bragança

Head of Policy Evaluation, Sustainable Agriculture and Infrastructure

Julia Nardi

Legal Analyst, Climate Law and Governance

Mariana Correia

Financial Associate

Joana Chiavari

Associate Director, Climate Law and Governance

Clarissa Gandour

Head of Policy Evaluation, Conservation

Giovanna de Miranda

Program and Communications Associate

Gabriel Cozendey

Legal Analyst, Climate Law and Governance

Natalie Hoover

Program Director

Ana Pinheiro

Operations Associate

Priscila Z. Souza

Head of Policy Evaluation, Financial Instruments

Amanda Schutze

Head of Policy Evaluation, Energy

Helena Rodrigues

Analyst, Conservation

Cristina Leme Lopes

Senior Legal Analyst, Climate Law and Governance

Andreia Medeiros

Administrative Assistant

Luiza Antonaccio

Legal Analyst, Climate Law and Governance
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