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 at 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


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


Priorities That Do Not Prioritize: The Mismatch Between the Objectives and the Application of Resources from Constitutional Funds Leads to Credit Concentration in the Rural Sector

In this brief, researchers from the CPI/PUC-Rio show that, although rules establishing priority classes for beneficiaries may be apparently aligned with policy objectives, loose eligibility criteria for these classes mean that there is no real prioritization in resource allocation. In other words, priorities are not prioritized.


Credit for Investments in Brazilian Agriculture and the Role of the Brazilian Development Bank

The study presents an analysis of BNDES performance and evolution in terms of rural credit, as well as the characteristics of credit granted by the bank for the purchase of agricultural machinery and equipment.

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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

Senior Program Associate

Gabriel Cozendey

Senior 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

Research Manager, Climate Law and Governance

Andreia Medeiros

Administrative Assistant

Luiza Antonaccio

Senior Analyst, Climate Law and Governance

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