Developing an Environmental Incentive Policy in Amapá State, Brazil

Amapá state in northern Brazil has the lowest deforested area in the country, at an estimated 2% of its territory. Amapá plays an important role in the provision of various environmental services, not only at the local level, but also nationally and internationally, including supplying food and water, climate regulation, and nutrient cycling. 

Environmental service incentive policies are designed to promote conservation, value standing forest, consolidate the productivity of deforested areas, value the role local communities play in protecting nature and strengthen their climate change resilience, and mitigate effects of climate change by reducing emissions. 

CSF is working with BVRio (Bolsa Verde do Rio de Janeiro) and EcoSecurities to develop a state-level economic incentive policy to maintain environmental services in Amapa, SECISA (Sistema Estadual de Clima e Incentivos aos Serviços Ambientais do Amapá, State System of Climate and Incentives for Environmental Services in Amapá). CSF is analyzing technical information and data from other states, such as Mato Grosso and Acre, to develop recommendations and guidelines for Amapá and determine relevant criteria to be considered. CSF also held a workshop for public agency managers covering environmental economics, economic valuation and funding sources. 

The next step of this program is to develop a proposal of the legal framework necessary for the implementation of SECISA and its action plan.

This project is being conducted in partnership with BVRio and EcoSecurities as part of a project implemented by Conservation International funded by UNDP.  

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