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Incentivizing Best Practices in Soybean Production in the Brazilian Cerrado

CSF-Brazil is working to promote sustainable soybean expansion in the MATOPIBA region of the Brazilian Cerrado. In partnership with Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM - Amazon Environmental Research Institute), we are conducting a modeling study to better understand decision making around soybean production in MATOPIBA and assess various incentive and management strategies.

Specifically, our study will identify the factors that affect farmers’ production choices in 10 priority municipalities in Tocantins and Bahia. We will use choice modeling to assess the impact of incentive and management strategies on production choices and deforestation decisions according to producer preference patterns.

Strengthening Sustainable Tourism in Indigenous Lands in Mato Grosso state, Brazil: Launch of the Study of the Local Tourism Demand

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Workshop Participants. Photo credit: CSF

CSF-Brazil has released our study "Strengthening Tourism in Indigenous Lands: Analysis of Tourism Supply and Demand in the Juruena River Basin, Mato Grosso state", conducted in partnership with Native Amazon Operation (OPAN). The study analyzed the demand and supply of tourism in Mato Grosso state (MT) state to support the development of sustainable tourism in Indigenous Lands (ILs) of the Juruena river basin.

Launch of a study on forest restoration models for private investment in the Brazilian Amazon

CSF-Brazil conducted a feasibility study of the most promising restoration business models for private investment in southern Amazon (AM) state, Brazil.

We conducted an economic assessment of three restoration models based on agroforestry found in the field: (1) Guaraná; (2) Coffee, cocoa and guaraná; (3) Coffee, cocoa, guaraná, açaí and banana. Feasibility results show that private investors can be attracted by these compelling business cases.

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Comparative Analysis of Conservation Agreement Programs in the Amazon

CSF is working on a research and capacity building project for the World Bank to increase effectiveness of government-run conservation agreement and payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs in the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) Program region.

Despite the potential for conservation agreements and PES mechanisms to make conservation attractive to landowners, program characteristics that efficiently deliver avoided deforestation and related goals are still not consistently included in program design.

New publication: Promoting the Forest Code implementation to conserve Brazilian biodiversity

In partnership with the Forest Code Observatory (OCF) and Brazilian State level Environment Agencies, CSF-Brazil has concluded a study on the implementation of Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRAs) in the state of Maranhão (MA), and opportunities in Bahia (BA) and Tocantins (TO). We aim to support MA in the CRAs market implementation and to promote dialogue and experience sharing among MA, BA and TO. The ultimate goal of the study is to promote ecosystem and forest conservation in a more economically efficient and environmentally sound way in the Amazon, Cerrado and Caatinga Brazilian biomes.

[OCF's letter] Official letter requesting to the Brazilian government to regulate the Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRAs)

CSF-Brazil is a signatory to the letter sent on November 11, 2018, by the Forest Code Observatory (OCF) "to His Excellency the Chief Minister of the Civil House Eliseu Padilha, requesting the adoption of measures for the issuance of the decree of Regulation of Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRAs), which are mentioned in articles 44 and in after the Chapter X of the Forest Code". See OCF website for more information. (News is in Portuguese).

"Created in 2013, the OCF is a network of 28 institutions - including CSF-Brazil - which monitors the implementation of the new Forest Law (Federal Law 12.651, of May 25, 2012), with the intention of generating data and critical mass that collaborate with the enhancement of the positive aspects and the mitigation of its negative aspects of the new Forest Law and avoid further setbacks."

CSF-Brazil became involved in the development of this letter through our study on CRAs. Please, click here to read our full report, here for our Policy Brief and here for more information on our project.

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