The fate of the Amazon has come to define Brazil’s standing in the world and permeates its engagement with other nations, including the United States. Yet the challenges of climate change requires a multilevel, coordinated effort by a number of policy actors—including, critically, subnational governments. As the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has noted, subnational actors have an opportunity “both to be part of implementing mitigation commitments made at national level and to go beyond current pledges and raise ambition.”
In Brazil, a central player in these debates has been the nine-member Consortium of Governors of the Legal Amazon. The consortium recently launched a regional Plano de Reconstrução Verde (Green Recovery Plan) for the Amazon, focused on a four-part strategy to address deforestation, sustainable development, green technology and infrastructure.
On October 25, 2021 the Brazil Institute was honored to host a discussion on the role of state-level governments in strengthening conservation and pathways for sustainable development in the Amazon, with keynotes from Governor Flávio Dino of Maranhão and Governor Helder Barbalho of Pará followed by a panel discussion on opportunities and challenges for investment and sustainable growth in the Brazilian Amazon.
The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and U.S. institutions in all sectors. Read more
Environmental Change and Security Program
The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. Read more
Latin American Program
The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action. Read more