Brazil Policy Center is CPI’s branch in Brazil in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), led by Juliano J. Assunção, a 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 collaborations 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 lens of conservation policy with rigorous economic and legal analysis.

CPI Brazil’s main agendas are:
– Climate Law and Governance
– Land Use and Conservation
– Financial Instruments
– Energy
– Infraestructure
– Sustainable Agriculture 

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.


Os Impactos do Crédito Rural na Produção Agropecuária e no Uso da Terra: Uma Análise por Linhas de Crédito, Tipo de Produtor e Finalidade do Crédito

Neste trabalho, o CPI/PUC-RIO faz uma análise detalhada do impacto da política de crédito rural na produção agrícola, uso da terra e desmatamento no Brasil.


The Environmental Impacts of the Ferrogrão Railroad: an Ex-Ante Evaluation of Deforestation Risks

In this work, researchers from CPI/PUC-Rio show that the construction of the Ferrogrão railroad will induce farmers and ranchers located in the state of Mato Grosso to expand their production, increasing land demand. If no mitigation measures are implemented, this will lead to the clearing of about 2,043 square kilometers of native vegetation in almost forty municipalities of the state of Mato Grosso.


Where Are We at Implementing the Forest Code? An X-Ray of the CAR and the PRA in Brazilian States – 2020 Edition

The report provides a detailed analysis of state regulations and identifies actions underway in the states. It highlights progress made to date and the strategies enacted by states that are farther
ahead, as well as key gaps and challenges, and opportunities to accelerate the implementation of the law.


Rural Credit Policy in Brazil: Agriculture, Environmental Protection, and Economic Development

In this report, researchers from CPI/PUC-Rio provide an in-depth analysis of Brazilian rural credit policy and discuss challenges and recent progress in public policy. The analysis benefits from years of research and discussions with policymakers, the private sector, and academic researchers.


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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