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Brazil is emerging as a global market and sustainability leader. It boasts some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet, a wealth of natural resources, and a diverse and robust economy.

Yet the country—world’s sixth-largest economy—also faces environmental and social pressures that could exacerbate with continued economic development. A growing middle class increased Brazil’s energy-related emissions by more than 21 percent from 2005-2010. Already, 85 percent of the country’s citizens reside in cities, with all net population growth expected to occur in cities over the next 30 years.

Brazilian leaders in government, the private sector, academia, and civil society are seeking ways to overcome the country’s development challenges. We are currently establishing WRI Brasil to help the country’s decision-makers build a sustainable, low-carbon economy.

Working in partnership with stakeholders on the ground, WRI Brasil will research, analyze, and design solutions across four key areas: cities and transport, climate change, finance, and sustainable landscapes. We are now developing a country strategy for WRI Brasil, which will detail our plans, goals, and programs across each of these critical issues.

Publications & Resources

Maria Antonia Tigre

Helms Fellow, Governance

Maria is a Helms Fellow at the Governance Center, and in collaboration with the Brazil office, will work to provide research on urban governance in Brazil and develop an urban governance tool....

A New Tool for Low-Carbon Agriculture in Brazil

Brazil’s farms are major, global producers of beef, soybeans, sugarcane, coffee, rice, and more. Yet they’re also major producers of greenhouse gas emissions.

Two new resources aim to reduce the emissions intensity of Brazil’s agricultural sector. The guidance offers an emissions accounting framework for all companies with agricultural operations—whether they produce animals or plants for food, fiber, biofuels, drugs, or other purposes. The calculation tool drills down into specific practices and emissions-intensive subsectors like soy, corn, cotton, wheat, rice, sugar cane, and cattle.

Renato Pellegrini Morgado

Intern, Governance

Renato is the intern of The Access Initiative and Governance of Forests Initiative. He supports LAC Principle 10 Process in Brazil and the Region and Governance of Forests Initiative’s research in...

Mariana Oliveira

Research Assistant, WRI Brasil

Mariana Oliveira is a Research Assistant at WRI Brasil, assisting WRI Brasil’s team in office administration and program management.

Mariana has a BSc degree in geography from UNESP, the...

Rachel Gartlan

Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

Rachel is the Program Coordinator I for WRI Brazil and an administrative assistant in the President’s office.

As a program coordinator for WRI Brazil, she works to streamline internal...

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