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


Where Does Brazil Stand and Where Is It Heading in the Implementation of the Forest Code? Opportunities for the New Lula Administration

In this publication, researchers from CPI/PUC-Rio provide an unprecedented and updated snapshot of the implementation of the Forest Code in all Brazilian states to identify the primary challenges that must be overcome and to present an agenda with seven key actions for the effective implementation of the Forest Code across the country.


Smallholders in the Caatinga and the Cerrado: A Baseline Analysis for a Rural Just Transition in Brazil

CPI/PUC-Rio researchers tackle the concept of rural just transition in Brazil, providing a baseline of smallholders in two of Brazil’s most critical biomes: the Cerrado and the Caatinga.


Guidelines to Assess the Direct and Indirect Area
of Influence of Transportation Infrastructure Projects


Finance Landscape of Highways and Railroads: Elements for Strengthening the Governance of Infrastructure Investments in the Brazilian Amazon

CPI/PUC-Rio researchers have created an innovative landscape for public and private financing of road and rail projects in the North Region and in Brazil. This report fills a knowledge gap about the investment scenario of the land transport sector over the last decade.

Data Visualization

Interactive Landscape for Infrastructure Finance

Interactive Landscape about the financing of the land transport sector in the North Region and in Brazil.


The Challenges in the Adoption of Sustainable Practices by Small Ranchers. The Case of ABC Cerrado

In this study, researchers from CPI/PUC-Rio evaluate the impact of training and technical assistance delivered by the ABC Cerrado Project and provide resource-channeling options aimed at achieving greater adoption of sustainable practices in rural areas.


Bioeconomy in the Amazon: Conceptual, Regulatory and Institutional Analysis

Researchers from the Climate Policy Initiative/Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (CPI/PUC-Rio), in partnership with AMZ2030, have studied the concept of bioeconomy, mapped national and international policies and strategies on the topic, and analyzed the main regulatory frameworks and governance institutions associated with this activity in Brazil.


Revealing Incentives: Implications of the Design of Public Rural Insurance Policies in Brazil

In this report, researchers from CPI/PUC-Rio analyze the inner workings of both PROAGRO and the PSR and unveil how the design of each program generates different incentives for producers, insurance claims adjusters, and financial agents, with an impact on the effectiveness of public spending.

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Amanda Schutze

Head of Policy Evaluation

Ana Pinheiro

Operations Associate

Andreia Medeiros

Administrative Assistant

Anna Maria Bezerra de Mello Cárcamo

Legal Analist, Climate Law and Governance

Camila Calado Lima

Communications Associate

Clarissa Gandour

Head of Policy Evaluation

Cristina Leme Lopes

Research Manager, Climate Law and Governance

Eduardo Minsky


Gabriel Cozendey

Senior Analyst, Climate Law and Governance

Gabriela Coser

Analyst, Climate Finance

Giovanna de Miranda

Senior Program Associate

Ícaro Moreno de Souza Melo

Analyst, Climate Finance

Joana Chiavari

Associate Director, Climate Law and Governance

João Mourão

Analyst, Conservation

Julia Berry

Junior Design Associate

Juliano J. Assunção

Executive Director, Brazil Policy Center

Lourdes de Alcantra Machado

Senior Legal Analyst, Climate Law and Governance

Luiza Antonaccio

Senior Analyst, Climate Law and Governance

Mariana Correia

Financial Associate

Mariana Stussi

Analyst, Financial Instruments

Meyrele Nascimento

Design Associate

Natalie Hoover

Program Director

Nina Oswald Vieira

Design Associate

Priscila Z. Souza

Head of Policy Evaluation, Financial Instruments

Rafael Araujo

Senior Analyst, Infrastructure

Rhayana Holz


Wagner Faria de Oliveira

Senior Analyst, Financial Instruments

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