Brazil

In Brazil, CPI has a partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) via the Brazil Policy Center, led by Juliano J. Assunção, professor in the Department of Economics at PUC-Rio. CPI’s work in Brazil 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 supports public policies in Brazil through rigorous analysis and evidence-based research, strategic partnerships with members of the government and civil society through a constructive approach, and direct collaboration with policymakers.

CPI has a long history with regards to conservation policy and land use, having conducted significant research and evaluation of policies related to deforestation and land conservation in the Amazon, becoming an academic reference in the field. CPI combines its institutional knowledge and conservation policy lens with rigorous economic and legal analysis.

Latest work

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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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The Relationship between Forest Fires and Deforestation in the Amazon: Phenomena Are More Closely Related in Rural Settlements and in Occupied Public Lands

This study from CPI/PUC-Rio presents the main findings from an analysis of the occurrence of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon and their relationship with subsequent deforestation.

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Through DETER’s Lens: The Relationship between Degradation and Deforestation in the Amazon

This document presents the main results of an analogous analysis that explores publicly available, more recent, and more detailed data about forest loss from the Real-Time Deforestation Detection System (Sistema de Detecção de Desmatamento em Tempo Real – DETER), also produced by INPE.

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The Role of Brazil’s Federal Court of Accounts in Managing Social and Environmental Risks for Federal Railway and Highway Concessions

This publication study and analyzes the prior oversight by the TCU of federal railway and highway concessions, focusing on how the court has assessed the socio-environmental aspects of the projects, with the aim of mitigating risks.

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Mapping the Effect of Deforestation on Rainfall: a Case Study from the State of Mato Grosso

In this insight, CPI/PUC-Rio shows that Amazon deforestation affects rainfall in the state of Mato Grosso – one of the most important agricultural hubs in the world, home to more than three million people, and 8 hydroelectric power plants.

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Public Policies for the Protection of the Amazon Forest: What Works and How to Improve

This report consolidates the main findings of the academic literature that rigorously evaluates policies aimed at combating deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Additionally, it draws on empirical evidence to propose ways of strengthening Brazil’s policy agenda for protecting the Amazon Forest whilst promoting the region’s sustainable development. The report thereby aims to contribute to the design and implementation of an effective policy framework for Amazon conservation.

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The Economics of Cattle Ranching in the Amazon: Land Grabbing or Pushing the Agricultural Frontier?

In this report, researchers from CPI/PUC-Rio dig deeper into the link between cattle ranching and deforestation in the Amazon to investigate the economic dynamics behind it.

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Amazônia Sustainable Supply Chains Mechanism

The Amazonia Sustainable Supply Chains Mechanism leverages off-take agreements for forest-compatible products to provide upfront finance, technical assistance, and structural community resources that catalyze the bioeconomy and keeps forests standing.

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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

Júlio Lubianco

Communications Associate
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