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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.

Dialogue on the implementation of the Forest Code to conserve Brazilian forests

On August 7th, 2018, CSF-Brazil, the Forest Code Observatory (OCF) and the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio) facilitated a "Dialogue on economic instruments and ecological identity for the Forest Code implementation." Forty-five professionals, representing government, research institutions and rural producers, attended the event in Brasília. The dialogue provided a forum to discuss possible ways of implementing the provisions of the Forest Code (Law 12.651 / 2012), including economic incentives, Legal Reserves (LRs) compensation, and the ecological identity requirement for compensation - according to the ruling of the Supreme Court Federal Court (STF) in February 2018 - with a special focus on the Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRAs) market.

Promoting the Brazilian native vegetation conservation: Recommendations for Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRAs) Implementation

CSF-Brazil conducted a study on Environmental Reserve Quotas (Portuguese acronym CRAs) implementation in Maranhão state (MA) and opportunities in the states of Bahia (BA) and Tocantins (TO). The study aimed to support MA in the CRAs market implementation and to promote dialogue and sharing of experiences among MA, BA and TO. The ultimate goal of the study is to promote ecosystems and forest conservation in a more economically efficient and environmentally sound way in the Amazon, Cerrado and Caatinga Brazilian biomes.

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