- ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
- SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
Brazil and Germany can look back on over 50 years of cooperation. Today, around 120 experts are working for GIZ throughout the country, including seconded staff, national personnel, development workers and CIM experts.
Brazil is the world’s seventh-largest economy and, with 20 per cent of the world's animal and plant species, the most species-rich country in the world. Its tropical rainforests are a large storehouse of greenhouse gases as well as being a biological treasure trove. A pioneer of carbon-neutral energy production in Latin America, Brazil has in the past favoured large-scale hydropower plants, but in many cases these have had adverse side-effects on the environment. Biomass, solar power, wind power and small-scale hydropower plants are environmentally friendly alternatives. Their vast potential has barely been touched.
Brazil has established itself as a major political and economic player on the world stage. The country is committed to actions to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity, challenges which Germany too is committed to overcoming. GIZ’s involvement has become part of the strategic partnership between Germany and Brazil in cooperation for sustainable development.
GIZ’s main commissioning parties are the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The projects and programmes focus on the conservation and sustainable management of tropical forests, and on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
In this context, GIZ and its commissioning parties favour innovative forms of cooperation, in recognition of Brazil’s special importance. Development partnerships with the private sector are a key element of the modern profile of German-Brazilian cooperation for sustainable development. A programme designed to foster Brazilian-German research partnerships is driving innovation by acting as a matchmaker between universities and research institutions and partners from the spheres of politics, business and civil society.
Under triangular cooperation, GIZ and its Brazilian partners are implementing projects and programmes in other Latin American countries and Africa. A major regional programme of BMZ and the Government of the Netherlands is advising the General Secretariat of the Amazon Pact and is based in Brazil.
2016 was the year in which the Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro – an exciting opportunity to present the potential of German-Brazilian cooperation for sustainable development to a worldwide audience.