Mata Atlantica - Atlantic Forest in Brazil

WELCOME TO BRAZIL
IN A GLOBALNET-ZERO, CLIMATE-RESILIENT
2050.

Harnessing the power of Amazon’s biodiversity. Raising the standard of living with green infrastructure. And using forest-friendly farming techniques to balance food security, economic growth and environmental protection.

WHAT BRAZIL COULD 
BE LIKE IN
 2050

ENERGY

Smiling and relaxed woman
“People need to take environmental action seriously and understand that the negative impacts of things like pollution affect everybody”
- Workshop Participant

EVIDENCE AND INSIGHTS:

Brazil’s high wind and solar capacity and vast river systems mean there are promising renewable energy options. Brazil’s first waste-to-power station, in Paraná, points to another possible way forward.

IN 2050...

By diversifying Brazil’s energy mix with solar, wind, and reservoir-based hydroelectricity, the country has cheaper energy, a greener economy, and improved overall air quality.
Scenic Aerial L View Of Agricultural Coffee Field With Mechanized Harvesting In Brazil
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We should reward producers who maintain   forest and biodiversity
in different territories
- Workshop Participant

LAND

EVIDENCE AND INSIGHTS:

The Amazon rainforest could act as one of the world’s biggest carbon sinks, but factors including drought and deforestation reduce the region’s ability to absorb carbon. Steps to protect, manage and restore forests can play a crucial role in reducing CO2 emissions globally.

IN 2050...

Brazil has maintained its important ecosystems, from the Amazon rainforest to the Cerrado savannahs, with financial incentives for farmers and landowners. They’ve become custodians of biodiversity, so everything is carefully protected. And Brazil has cracked down on illegal logging and land clearance, promoting “deforestation-free” products for export.

FOOD

Young man seriously looking at the camera
“I’d like to see more sustainable technologies to produce food with lower greenhouse gas emissions”
- Workshop Participant

EVIDENCE AND INSIGHTS:

70% of cattle grazing in Brazil is on an imported tropical grass known as Brachiaria, grown with fertilisers. This practice degrades the soil and increases methane emissions. Mixed cropping systems, reforestation, and subsidies for family farms can provide valuable solutions to many of these issues.

IN 2050...

Brazil is still a farming nation. But the scaling of new techniques, technologies and policies that help farmers grow food sustainably will help mitigate the environmental impacts of agriculture, contribute to diverse and functioning ecosystems, and improve food security.
Shoal of Piraputanga in Sucuri River

WATER

EVIDENCE AND INSIGHTS:

Nearly half of Brazilians don’t have access to sewage systems. Investing in water collection and treatment infrastructure, as well as ecological restoration, can help address this.

IN 2050...

New approaches to water conservation, storage, and treatment give everyone access to safe, clean and sustainable drinking water. That means new infrastructure – from storage to treatment – and new approaches, such as rainwater collection systems that reduce the water intensity of farming.
Railroad Tracks By Trees

OTHER HOPES AND IDEAS

  • Invest in science and innovation, from exploring the pharmacological potential of rainforest plants to kick starting rural infrastructure projects

  • Education initiatives and marketing to shift perceptions and bake sustainability into people’s daily rhythms

  • Food that’s locally and sustainably grown by small producers without plastic packaging

  • Intercity passenger railways and urban commuter railways to offer Brazilians a greener, congestion and pollution free way to get around

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

  • This is just a taste of what Brazil could look like in a globally net-zero, climate-resilient future.

  • This is one of six regional visions, which together paint a picture of a feasible and desirable future.

  • Each country’s role in building this future will be different – and it can only be achieved through deep international cooperation.

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“We need to treat the Earth not as a resource but as a ‘Mother’, who brings nourishment and needs to be respected. Constant production and growth lead to unhealthy ways of living”
- Workshop participant