About Us: Brazil Matrix

In recent years, economic incentives for conservation and sustainable development through market driven and market-like mechanisms have driven investments in forest carbon schemes, watershed services such as flood control and water quality, quantity, and purification services. Biodiversity-friendly certification schemes have taken off and multi-million dollar markets now exist to trade credits in exchange for wetland restoration and habitat preservation. As ecosystem service incentives and payments increase globally, their potential for Brazil is enormous.

To answer these questions and map this landscape, Forest Trends developed an information framework called “the Matrix”. The Matrix helps to visualize and track shifting trends in global and domestic ecosystem markets. Essentially, it is a tool to orient stakeholders in a complex and swiftly changing landscape and determine a roadmap for engagement. Brazil is experiencing a rapid development of ecosystem service incentives schemes both at the policy and project levels, as seen in Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and PES (payments for environmental services) legislation in several states and by the federal government, as well as in a multitude of projects throughout the country. Developing a PES Matrix specifically for Brazil will provide the necessary intelligence to leverage key opportunities, catalyze strategic connections, and strengthen the institutional framework.

The Brazil PES Matrix will focus on the main ecosystem markets: carbon, water, biodiversity and bundled payments. Carbon markets generally reward stewardship of an ecosystem’s atmospheric regulation services. Water markets provide payments for nature’s hydrological services. Biodiversity markets create an incentive to pay for the management and preservation of biological processes as well as habitat and species.