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Theoretical Inquiries in Law

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Volume 14, Issue 1


Transformations in Brazilian Deforestation and Climate Policy Since 2005

Eduardo Viola
Published Online: 2013-01-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/til-2013-007

In the five-year period 2005-2009, Brazil dramatically reduced carbon emissions by about twenty-five percent and at the same time maintained a stable economic growth rate of 3.5% annually. This combination of economic growth and emissions reduction is unique in the world. It was driven by a dramatic reduction in deforestation in the Amazonian forest and the Cerrado Savannah. This shift empowered the sustainability social forces in Brazil to the point that in December 2009 Congress passed a very progressive law internalizing carbon constraints and promoting the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Article first analyzes the Brazilian position in the global carbon cycle and public policies since 2005, including the progressive shift in 2009 and the contradictory dynamic in 2010-2012. It then analyzes the potential for a transition to a low-carbon economy in Brazil and the impact on global climate governance.

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Full Professor at the Institute of International Relations and Chair of the Climate Change and International Relations Research Program, University of Brasilia, Brazil. An earlier draft of this Article was presented at the Reaching International Cooperation on Climate Change Mitigation Conference held at the Cegla Center, the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University on December 21-23, 2011.

Published Online: 2013-01-01

Published in Print: 2013-01-01

Citation Information: Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 109–124, ISSN (Online) 1565-3404, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/til-2013-007.

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