Rachel Biderman

WRI Brasil Director

WRI Brasil works to enable sustainable, socially equitable solutions in forests, climate and cities, notably through planning for low-emissions urban transport.

Working with the Brazilian Ministry of Cities, WRI Brasil developed an easy-to-use method for cities to create plans for sustainable mobility, making non-motorized transport and community engagement top priorities.

The team supported Brazil’s climate policies with an online tool that tracks implementation, while working with the Ministry of Environment to offer technical assistance to develop a national climate adaptation tool for civil society groups. Using the GHG Protocol, WRI Brasil worked with Amazonian cattle ranchers and other rural producers to measure and manage agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. WRI staff helped Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre craft the Urban Community Resilience Assessment tool to measure individual and community climate resilience, a technique now in use in Asian cities.

WRI Brasil worked with the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture and the Ministries for Environment and Agriculture to support Brazil’s commitment to restore 22 million hectares (54 million acres) of degraded land by 2030 through Initiative 20x20 and the Bonn Challenge. The Forest team supported development of the national restoration policy.