Map of Brazil Brazil

Total REDD+ Finance Committed:


Total REDD+ Finance Disbursed:


Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest and most populous in the world. Forests cover about three-fifths of Brazil’s land area, which represents over 14% of the world’s forest coverage, including one-third of the world's remaining rainforests. Despite the fact that the deforestation rate in the Brazilian Amazon has decreased in the last decade, deforestation continues to be a major issue.

Currently, Brazil does not have finalized National REDD+ Strategy. However in 2007, the country submitted a proposal to the UNFCCC for a voluntary mechanism to compensate countries demonstrating real reductions in deforestation, ultimately resulting in the launch of the Amazon Fund.


Financing flows and institutions receiving funds committed for REDD+ activities in Brazil:

Commitments to recipients by location and type


Commitments by institution type and year

  • Commitments to recipients by location and type

    Chart Description

    The Amazon Fund accounts received a majority of overall commitments, with the most significant contributions occurring in 2009. The Brazilian national government received the second largest share of REDD+ commitments with funds flowing steadily throughout the entire six year period. Other recipients receiving relatively high amounts of funding during 2009 to 2014 include Brazilian NGOs and Sub-national jurisdictions.   

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  • Commitments by institution type and year

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    An annual breakdown highlights that there has been a significant steady increase in overall commitments during 2010 and 2011, and slight decrease in 2012. During the four year period, the Amazon fund received the majority of commitments. Aside from the Amazon Fund, the Brazilian, national government received the second largest share of REDD+ commitments, with a majority of funds committed in 2010 and 2011. Funds directed towards Brazilian NGOs and academic institutions more than doubled in the between 2009 and 2010, increasing from US$5.6 million to US$13 million. Since that time, the amount of REDD+ finance flowing to this type of recipient has remained relatively constant.

    Donor government agencies are channeling US$3.5m through other donor government agencies. In general, donor governments are not recipients of international REDD+ finance. However in some instances, specific donor government agencies receive funds from another agency within their own government. Flows of finance from a donor government to a donor government might take place where development aid or climate finance is disbursed from one centralized department within a government with projects/activities implemented by other government agencies. For example in Brazil, between 2010 and 2011, USAID committed US$3.5 million to the US Forestry Service between 2010 and 2011 to provide institutional and technical capacity building to sub-national governments.

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