As the largest and most populous of Latin American nations, Brazil has the world’s seventh largest economy and is expected rise further up the line in the decades ahead. Rich in natural resources and arable land, Brazil provides a critical link in the global supply chain, serving as an economic powerhouse for agricultural and energy sectors. Through innovative policies, programs, and partnerships, Brazil has thus far avoided the “resource curse” of benefiting from their wealth of natural capital without depleting it. But a rapidly growing global middle class is increasing demand for Brazilian produced goods, namely agricultural commodities, minerals, and energy resources.
The increasing pressure on Brazil’s land base and natural resources is compounded by the internal need and desire to continue growing and strengthening their domestic economy. Brazilian Amazonia is a region where the convergence of these drivers are playing out in real-time. Agricultural expansion is a significant contributor to illegal deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. Brazil has robust federal legislation in place to curtail this deforestation, but has historically lacked capacity at the regional and local levels to meaningfully monitor and enforce it. However tremendous reductions in illegal deforestation have been realized through the work of innovative cross-sector partnerships to guide expansion of agricultural production and monitor existing production to ensure it complies with the Brazilian Forest Code. In 2013, CLiGS explored the dynamics of these cross-sector partnerships, particularly in the area of the northern Amazon River Basin, to determine what sorts of impacts they have had, and how they have and continue to adapt to changing circumstances.
- CLiGS International Field Experience 2013 – Examined the dynamics of the partnership brokered by The Nature Conservancy between Cargill, TNC, the state government, and soy producers to monitor compliance with The Forest Code intended to halt illegal deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest.
- Three-part article series looking at the rapidly changing landscape of sustainability in the global soy market, written by affiliates Bruce Hull, Barbara McCutchan, and Arlin Wasserman, published by GreenBiz.com