Building Forest-Protecting Economies in the Brazilian Amazon

Baskets full of Açaí berries in a marketplace in Belém – gateway to Brazil’s lower Amazon region. (Photo credit: Shutterstock / Dado Photos)

To create a prosperous and sustainable Amazon, the communities, cities, and states in the Amazon need strong economies and good jobs that are based on healthy, biodiverse forests. The Earth Fund is providing a $6 million grant to Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS) to bring together a network of Brazilian economic researchers and analysts, especially from universities and think tanks in the Amazon. The network will provide leaders in government, business, finance, and civil society with the research, data, and advice they need to design policies, make investments, and create businesses that support standing forests and provide economic opportunities for the people of the Amazon.

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