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Amazon: its challenges and opportunities as a climate solution for Brazil

CEBDS - Marina Grossi - Presidente
Concertação pela Amazônia (Renata Piazzon)
Others TBC
Event by: Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development
1 hour 30 minutes


United States

Logos for CEVDS, Coalitzão Brasil and Uma Concertação Pela Amazonia

Combating deforestation in the Amazon, the world's largest tropical forest, is crucial to mitigating climate change on the planet. The escalation of devastation, however, continues apace: a study released last year by the journal “Nature” showed that there are areas in the biome that already emit more carbon dioxide than they absorb. In 2021, 13 thousand km² of vegetation cover were decimated, 20.1% more than in the previous year. This is the highest rate recorded since 2006. Brazil committed at COP26 to zero illegal deforestation by 2028, in addition to reducing, by 2030, 50% of greenhouse gas emissions, compared to 2005 levels, and neutralizing emissions by 2050. short- and long-term actions, and in this sense, cooperation between different actors in society becomes required.

The CEBDS, which represents more than 90 companies, representing 47% of the national GDP, proposes concrete actions regarding the commitments assumed by the country at COP26 through the letter to the presidential candidates, a document that lists the main guidelines to promote sustainable development in the country during the next government.

The Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture, in turn, demands that public authorities guide their agro-environmental agenda based on three main axes: mobilization for economic development without deforestation; the promotion of food security and anti-hunger policies; and the creation of sustainable mechanisms for generating employment and income.

The initiative Uma Concertação pela Amazônia established as a mission for the year 2022 to build, with its entire network of organizations and partner initiatives, sustainable development proposals for the Amazon region that can be adopted in the first 100 days of government by the Federal Executive, the subnational and by the National Congress. You cannot talk about deforestation without discussing development. This means having a systemic view of the territory, thinking about structuring actions in the fields of education, health, economy, culture, public security, infrastructure, science and technology and cities. Home to 10% of the world's biodiversity, the Amazon rainforest is faced with threats such as the advance of fires and deforestation records. Deforestation is responsible for 44% of all greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil, and can jeopardize the achievement of the climate goals assumed by the country before the United Nations.

Brazil has committed to zero illegal deforestation by 2028 and halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Among the demands are the resumption of inspection, the restoration of degraded areas and the promotion of an inclusive bioeconomy, based on the standing forest, bringing opportunities for family farmers, indigenous peoples and traditional communities.