Funding Guide for Protected Area Management and Implementation at the Municipal-level in Brazil

CSF-Brazil developed a guide on fundraising and funding strategies for the management and implementation of municipal level protected areas in Brazil.

Protected areas play a crucial role in safeguarding ecosystems and wildlife, and reducing habitat fragmentation. At a local level, protected areas provide essential services like fresh drinking water, protection against natural disasters, and leisure spaces. However, governments often struggle to secure enough funding to establish and manage these areas.

Developed in collaboration with the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the guide was written to support protected area managers and other stakeholders in identifying and applying for appropriate and available funding in Brazil. The guide highlights the most relevant financial mechanisms that are working in Brazil and links them to the relevant laws. It also describe the advantages and challenges of each mechanism, with a short description of possible applications, limits of their use, and a brief history of successful cases. In this way, each municipality will be able to understand and choose the mechanism or mechanisms that best apply to their particular circumstances. The guide will be shared with people involved in protected areas’ management throughout Brazil.

This project was funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), as a part of the “Protected areas and other area-based conservation measures at local government level” project which includes work in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The project aims to provide local governments with tools to support conservation and wildlife protection.

Photo: South American coati

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