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

  • Newest Brazilian state, located in the Tocantins-Araguaia Hydrographic Region (largest watershed entirely within Brazilian territory)
  • Comprised of Amazon (13%) & Cerrado (87%) biomes, each with distinct environmental policies & governance
  • Part of NE Brazil’s MATOPIBA region: agricultural frontier of Cerrado spanning Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí, & Bahia states
  • Agriculture & ranching represent majority of land use; private landowners active in soy & livestock sectors influence local & national politics
  • 2008-2017: 947,287 ha of natural forest converted to soy & livestock areas
  • 3rd ranking state in terms of number of contracts under the national Low-Carbon Agriculture Plan (ABC), with 784 contracts (signed 2018-2019) totaling ~USD 44 million in finance

de los Rios, M.,Crisostomo, A.C.,David, O.,Stickler, C.

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