In April 2014, a C-AGG delegation embarked on its first trip to Brazil to explore collaborative opportunities in support of incentivizing agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation activities. Beginning with voluntary commitments made by the Brazilian government at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Copenhagen in 2009, and with the subsequent passage of legislation mandating emissions reductions within a range of voluntary targets, Brazil has embarked on ambitious sectoral emissions reduction plans. Of particular interest to C-AGG is engagement and collaboration with Brazilian colleagues engaged in the Low Carbon Agriculture Plan (aka ABC Plan).
Through direct engagement with members of the agricultural sector, NGOs, government agencies, financial institutions and the private sector in multiple trips to Brazil, C-AGG's Brazil delegation has established collaborative relations and opportunities to share collective knowledge and experience in agricultural GHG mitigation opportunities. Particular areas of collaboration have been established to develop the following:
During the 2009 UNFCCC COP 15 meetings in Copenhagen, the Brazilian government adopted GHG mitigation pledges for 4 sectors of their economy including agricultural, land use, energy, and industrial processes. Combined these pledges are expected to reduce emissions by 38.9% by 2020 compared to business as usual for the country.
To help implement the pledge for the agriculture sector, the Brazilian government launched the Low Carbon Agriculture Program (ABC) in 2010 with the goal of providing farmers with low-interest loans to implement a prescribed list of practices known to reduce GHG emissions. The qualified ABC activities include:
For more details on the ABC plan and the different organizations involved, please refer to C-AGG's April trip summary.
In June 2015, the United States (U.S.) and Brazil launched a Joint Initiative on Climate Change as an outcome of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff's visit to the US. The initiative will be implemented by a United States-Brazil Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). The CCWG will kick-off its work by October 15th, 2015 which will be focused on three major pillars:
Under the Cooperation on Sustainable Land Use pillar, the CCWG’s focus on agriculture will entail continued identification and establishment of low-carbon agricultural practices for promotion within the sector in addition to reinvigorating the work of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) for Agricultural Greenhouse Gases. For more information on the CCWG’s initiatives, please refer to the U.S.-Brazil Joint Statement on Climate Change.
In October 2014, C-AGG signed a Memorandum of Understanding
C-AGG's Executive Director, Debbie Reed, participated in CNA's 1st International Seminar on climate resilience and decarbonazation of the economy hosted by CNA and SENAR in Brasilia on September 14th, 2016.