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National employees: 169
International employees: 36
Development workers: 2
Integrated experts: 2

(as at: 31.12.2020)  

Germany and Brazil can look back on over 50 years of cooperation in the field of sustainable development. 

Brazil is the world’s ninth-largest economy, and with 20 per cent of the planet’s animal and plant species, it is the most species-rich country in the world. Its tropical rainforests are not only the largest storehouse of greenhouse gases on the globe, but also a treasure trove of biodiversity. The country is committed to actions to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity. Germany and Brazil made a joint declaration in 2015 to pursue the complete decarbonisation of the global economy during the course of the 21st century.

A pioneer of carbon-neutral energy production in Latin America, Brazil has in the past favoured large-scale hydropower plants, but in many cases the resulting flooding of large areas of land has had adverse environmental and social side effects. Biomass, solar power and wind power are environmentally friendly alternatives. Their vast potential has barely been touched.

The priority areas for GIZ’s activities in Brazil are renewables, energy efficiency and the protection and sustainable use of tropical forests. In addition, increasing importance is being attached to issues such as sustainable urban development and financing opportunities for climate-friendly investment.

GIZ’s main commissioning parties in Brazil are the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Other commissioning parties include the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the European Commission.

GIZ and its commissioning parties favour a variety of forms of cooperation. One key focus is on partnerships with the private sector. Systematic use is also made of German-Brazilian research partnerships linking the research community and universities with actors from the spheres of politics, business and civil society. In addition, GIZ and its Brazilian partners are exploring the options offered by triangular cooperation to implement projects in other countries in Latin America and Africa.

There are also a number of GIZ-managed global and regional programmes in Brazil. A major regional programme cofinanced by BMZ and the Government of the Netherlands is providing advisory services to the Permanent Secretariat of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization and is based in Brazil. Alongside this work, GIZ’s portfolio includes global programmes on topics such as energy partnerships and anti-corruption measures.

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Projects and Programmes

Economic development and employment

Protection and sustainable use of tropical forests (Biodiversity and climate)

Brazil’s tropical forests are of immense importance for the conservation of biodiversity and the global climate. The country’s economic development depends on the services provided by nature and ecosystems, such as supplying clean drinking water and alimentation and purified air, particularly in the major cities. Brazil’s tropical forests also provide living and cultural space for traditional and indigenous population groups. Despite numerous successes, Brazil’s ecosystems remain under extreme pressure. The Brazilian government has therefore set itself ambitious goals to stop illegal deforestation, protect biodiversity and promote climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

On behalf of the German government, GIZ has been working with Brazilian partners on the protection, sustainable use and the restoration of tropical forests since the early 1990s. BMZ and BMU are currently funding the following projects in the three biomes – the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest and the savanna Cerrado:

Promoting a bioeconomy in the Amazon region Support for developing a Biodiversity Program for the Amazon Region Sustainable cosmetics from the Amazon REDD+ for Early Movers (REM) Promoting protection and sustainable management in indigenous areas of the Amazon Making use of climate information for infrastructure planning ProAdapta – Support for adaptation to climate change Conserving biodiversity in Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru Protecting Brazil’s marine and coastal biodiversity An environmental registry is protecting the Amazon rainforest Systematic management of protected areas Amazon Fund for Forest Conservation and Climate Biodiversity conservation of the Atlantic Forest and climate change adaptation go hand in hand (completed) Land tenure regularisation in the Amazon (completed) Strengthening of external financial control in the environmental field (BMZ) (completed) Public investments are becoming climate resilient (completed) Regional: Conservation of tropical forests in the Amazon region (BMZ) (completed) Protecting tropical forests by means of green markets and sustainable consumption (completed) Prevention, control and monitoring of bushfires in the Cerrado (BMU) (completed) Sustainable businesses and socio-biodiversity product chains in the Amazon region (completed) Protection and Sustainable Management of Indigenous Areas (BMZ) (completed) Building an inclusive green economy driven by socio-biodiversity product chains in the Amazon region (BMZ) (completed) Conserving biodiversity and incorporating it into policy-making and business(completed)

Renewable energies and energy efficiency (Sustainable infrastructure)

Billions are being invested in Brazil in order to meet the demand for energy entailed by economic growth, while protecting the security of supplies and ensuring a pro-climate energy mix. Power supplies have traditionally come from large-scale hydro plants, which in many cases have imply harmful impacts on the environment. Brazil now wants broaden the sources by harnessing biomass, sun and wind to produce clean energy.

As Germany’s energy transition also focuses on renewable energies, it can provide expertise and technology. GIZ and its Brazilian partners are working together in the following projects to set up environmentally compatible alternatives for power generation, to increase energy efficiency in key sectors, and to introduce new technologies.

Promoting energy efficiency by enabling transformative invest-ments in industries in Brazil Energy storage technologies – the key to the energy transition in Brazil Energy systems of the future in Brazil Financing Energy for Low-carbon Investment – Cities Advisory Facility (FELICITY) Implementing the Brazilian national policy for treating solid waste Improved energy efficiency in social housing and the water supply Project: German-Brazilian Energy Partnership (BMWi) ProQR – Climate-Neutral Alternative Fuels Energy Efficient Propulsion Systems (PROMOB-e) (completed) Energy efficiency in the water supply sector (completed) Renewable energies and energy efficiency (BMZ) (completed) Energy Efficiency in Urban Mobility (BMZ) (completed) German Climate Technology Initiative: concentrating solar power in Brazil (BMZ) (completed) German Climate Technology Initiative: Promoting climate-friendly biogas technology in Brazil (BMZ) (completed)

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