A Decade of Innovation
2022 was a special year for BVRio as we celebrated reaching the end of our first 10 years of operation. We looked back at the decade of success that we had, and at the difference we made within the areas where we work, and we celebrated the continued work that we do with the help of our many partners.
Founded in December 2011, BVRio (Bolsa Verde do Rio de Janeiro ‘Environmental Exchange of Rio de Janeiro’) was created with the objective of developing market mechanisms to facilitate compliance with Brazilian environmental laws. BVRio is a non-profit organisation working at the intersection of economic, environmental and social sustainability, developing market mechanisms, economic tools, and supporting the creation and implementation of environmental initiatives and markets in different countries and regions worldwide.
In our first decade BVRio’s operations expanded out of Brazil to a staff of over 30 professionals and associates working in six different countries around the world.
Founders Mauricio and Pedro Moura Costa reflected on what was achieved;
“We are excited with our achievements to date, and how relevant they are for the environmental agenda and priorities at the moment and for the next 10 years. Compliance with land-use legislation is a priority worldwide. BVRio’s work with the Brazilian Forest Code, as well as with the implementation of timber extraction laws worldwide, have provided tools to assist with the enforcement of laws worldwide.”
Mauricio Moura Costa, Director of BVRio.
“Circular economy rose to the top of the agenda as well, and BVRio’s inroads into this space, through the Circular Action Hub and the Circular Credits Mechanism, created the foundations for us to continue to expand our impact for the years to come.”
Pedro Moura Costa, Director of BVRio UK.
Timelines of our activities
years of operation
countries where BVRio has physical presence (Brazil, UK, China, Ghana, Indonesia, and the Netherlands)
funding secured for projects and initiatives
Sustainable land use, agriculture, and forests
timber offered in the Responsible Timber Exchange
registered on the Legal Reserve Credits platform in Brazil
2 Gt CO2
GHG emission reduction potential of these initiatives
Waste management and the circular economy
waste recovery projects enrolled in the Circular Action Hub, from 40+ countries on 5 continents
tonnes/year of potential waste recovery from the environment
individual waste pickers provided with an additional income
Supporting forest artisans
bioeconomy businesses showcased on AmazoniAtiva marketplace
people trained in the design and manufacture of high-value timber products.
renowned Brazilian designers providing mentorship to community forestry artisans
Promoting legality of tropical timber trade
Promoting the implementation of the Brazilian Forest Code
Supporting waste management initiatives to accelerate the circular economy
ANNIVERSARY PROJECT CASE STUDIES
Reverse Logistics Credits
A social and environmental innovation to address urban waste and recycling
Protecting overused timber species in Ghana
A series of guides for timber traders and buyers
Connecting community forest management with markets that value sustainability
Design & Sustainable Wood
Development of the Brazilian timber Due Diligence tool for timber importers
Timber Due Diligence & Risk Assessment