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


Improving efficiency for air conditioners: The role of the Manaus Free Trade Zone

This policy brief, analyzes the production line of air conditioning sector in Brazil with a focus on productive and energy efficiency.


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


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 Climate Policy Initiative (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


The Need to Better Define and Delimit Area of Influence for Infrastructure Projects


The Role of Cooperatives in Rural Credit: Cooperative credit grows during the economic crisis and supports the inclusion of small-scale producers

This brief analyze cooperatives’ participation in rural credit, addressing both recent developments and potential challenges


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

Project 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

Research Analyst, Conservation

Cristina Leme Lopes

Senior Legal Analyst, Climate Law and Governance

Andreia Medeiros

Administrative Assistant

Luiza Antonaccio

Legal Analyst, Climate Law and Governance