Mato Grosso, Brazil: Low-emission rural development (LED-R) at a glance

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  • Agroindustrial giant with highest subnational emission reductions (ER) (3.5 Gt CO2) worldwide by slowing deforestation; agricultural output continues to increase
  • Motivated by signs that markets could close doors to Mato Grosso soybeans due to high deforestation rates; strong civil society action
  • In 2017, the Produce, Conserve, Include (PCI) strategy led to contract with Germany & UK for USD 50 million in performance-based finance (KfW REDD+ for Early Movers – REM)
  • 2013 State REDD+ Law established legal framework for LED-R
  • Despite massive ER achievements for 10 years, the state has only recently been recognized by pay-for-performance programs


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