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REDD + as a tool for a sustainable livestock

The International Institute for Sustainability was one of the organizations that spoke at the workshop “REDD +: A Tool for Sustainable Livestock”. The event was held on June 10th, in São Paulo, by the Commission for Economic and Financial Incentives of the Working Group for Sustainable Beef (GTPS), and more than 60 participants connected to the value chain of Brazilian livestock.

The topics discussed includes the Brazilian world leadership in reducing carbon emissions, the absence of a regulatory framework on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), the slow reaction of the federal government to effective legal actions of these policies and how the farmer and the consumer should comprehend the importance of implementing REDD+ projects to a more sustainable society.

The environmental analyst of IIS, Helena Alves Pinto, participated as a panelist in the panel “History and Overview of REDD+ in Brazil”, where she discussed the current situation of the tool at the national level and also in the state of São Paulo. Furthermore, Helena was a speaker on the panel “Cases and Lessons Learned”, in which she presented the results of a study conducted by IIS in the micro-region of Alta Floresta/MT, that shows the feasibility of using the REDD+ tool combined with sustainable intensification of livestock.

“The study shows that there is a potential for the development of a strategy that combines the sustainable intensification of livestock with the structuring of a regional REDD+ program. Together, they become a key step to reduce pressure on forests and increase incentives to avoid deforestation”, said Alves-Pinto. The next steps of the event include the elaboration of a document with the results of the workshop to the Board of Directors of GTPS.