Studies that shaped PlanaFlor now available

A collection of twenty preliminary studies contributing to PlanaFlor have been published on the project’s website, making them available for download, ahead of the main plan’s publication later this month. These studies (available in Portuguese only) are the result of a broad diagnosis of the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Forest Code and other land use issues in Brazil. The project began its activities in mid-2021 with this diagnosis stage to design PlanaFlor as a strategic plan for sustainable development based on the agro-environmental assets of the country.

PlanaFlor was drawn up considering land use, the protection and recovery of forests and the sustainability of agricultural and livestock production as the main vectors for generating job opportunities, income, entrepreneurship and prosperity in rural areas. The studies sought to establish key scenarios of a ‘Green New Deal’ in Brazil, one that promotes the protection of native vegetation surpluses, the recovery of degraded areas and the sustainable intensification of farming and forestry, while ensuring climate, food and land security.

In addition to the studies, the diagnosis stage also identified synergies and complementarities with public policies and existing public and private programs and projects. The diagnostic stage was completed in March 2023 with the finalisation of PlanaFlor’s plan, including a matrix of strategic objectives and actions.

“A strategic implementation of the Forest Code ensures compliance with our NDCs and has huge environmental and climate impacts with the potential to attract large amounts of financial resources to the country, both within the voluntary carbon credit market and, more broadly, through international contributions to nature-based climate action. However, for this to happen, it is necessary to invest in a nationwide strategic plan that places the implementation of the forest code at the centre of a process of economic recovery based on sustainable development.” said, BVRio Director, Maurício Moura Costa.

The goal for 2023 is to engage several government agencies and stakeholders from the civil society and the private sector to optimise efforts, expand synergies and multiply the impact of the proposed actions. PlanaFlor proposes strategic actions to be implemented between 2023 and 2030 as a catalyst for environmental, social and economic results. It is consolidated as a set of strategic guidelines organised as a developmental plan, with objectives, actions and targets built upon the effective implementation of the Forest Code. 

The studies and the final strategic plan documents were jointly prepared by the project’s partner organisations, BVRio, the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development, the Getulio Vargas Foundation and Conservation Strategy Fund-Brazil, as well as consultants specialised in different areas. Funding for the project was provided by The Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).