Protecting forests through policy

In any discussion of Brazilian climate policy, the first topic is deforestation. Brazil has seen marked success in climate-related policies and may be a good model for other emerging economies. Roughly half the slowdown in deforestation in the late-2000s was a result of deliberate government policy, while better land productivity has led to increased agricultural output.


These graphs show the changes in emissions and growth in the Land Use sectors in Brazil.


Forestry Annual area deforested in Amazon region in Brazil

Deforestation declined rapidly, particularly after major policy changes in 2004 and again in 2008.


    Agriculture Non-CO₂ greenhouse gas emissions

    Both land under cultivation and non-CO₂ emissions increased.