PROJECT

Amazon 2030 is an initiative by Brazilian researchers that seeks to develop an action plan for the sustainable development of the Brazilian Amazon. Our objective is to promote higher standards of economic and human development and to achieve the sustainable use of resources by 2030.

To that end, our scientists are examining the economic, human and environmental dimensions of Amazonian development. Over the next three years, we will synthesize the latest academic findings and rigorously examine best development practices implemented by entrepreneurs and public officials in the region. In doing so, we hope to advance the scientific understanding of critical issues and produce strategies for the sustainable development of the Amazon.

TIMELINE

The studies’ results will be published in the form of reports, seminars, meetings, film and other diverse media. Our communication methods are designed to make these results as accessible and compelling as possible to public and private decision makers. The project will follow the timeline below:

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Initial research
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Publication of preliminary results
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Final products presented to decision-makers

Joint initiative

Amazon 2030 is a joint initiative of the Instituto do Homem e do Meio Ambiente da Amazônia (IMAZON) and of the Centro de Empreendedorismo da Amazônia, both located in Belém, of the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) and of the Economics Department of PUC-Rio, both located in Rio de Janeiro. O Mundo Que Queremos is a partner organization responsible for communication strategy.

The project will involve additional research organizations with a history of public policy analysis and a demonstrated dedication to improving quality of life in the region.

The Research:

We’re hoping to answer the following questions:
  • How can we preserve the forest and its associated “environmental services” while also improving the Amazonian economy?
  • What is the role of public policy on the state and federal levels in organizing land allocation, refining command and control strategies and, most importantly, encouraging economic development in the region?
  • What are the most effective public policy instruments for attracting investment and creating a low-carbon economy in the region?
  • How can we improve the existing public policy frameworks to better provide ecosystem services and improve the well-being of the Amazonian population?
  • Given tropical regions’ historically low development indices, how can we use technologies associated with the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” to enact a “leap” in the region’s development?
  • What are key elements for the formation of an Amazonian culture and identity associated with a green economy (as seen, for example, in Costa Rica)?
  • The Amazon is increasingly urbanized, with 80% of its inhabitants living in crowded, violent and unsanitary cities. What opportunities for, and challenges to, sustainable development in the region arise from this trend of urbanization?
  • How can we attract and retain human capital in Amazonian cities?

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