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Katoomba XIV: Avoiding Deforestation in the Amazon: REDD & PES Markets

Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil

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The XIV Katoomba Meeting was held in Mato Grosso in partnership with the Mato Grosso State Government. Governor Blairo Maggi’s attendance and participation in the event was a strong pull for other governors in the Amazon region including those from the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Para, Rondí´nia and Acre, as well as the governors of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia and Loreto, Peru to participate in the event. During their panel presentations, the governors expressed their desire to develop a unified position on REDD to present at the climate conference in Copenhagen in December.

The presence of the Brazilian Minister of Environment, Carlos Minc, was another highlight of the event, which included the signing of a new law between the State of Mato Grosso and the Federal Government. The new law, MT Legal, grants a temporary amnesty for ranchers and farmers in Mato Grosso, allowing them up to four years to reforest their holdings to bring them up to legal code. Under Brazilian law, landowners in the “legal Amazon” are required to maintain 80 percent forest cover on their property – a law which is not often followed.

Another significant development during the conference was a meeting between Anthony Brunello, Deputy Secretary for Climate Change and Energy for the State of California, and the State Environmental Secretaries for Amazonas, Acre, Mato Grosso and Pará to continue the work started in the Climate Summit held in California last November which aims at reaching agreements between these states for offsetting emissions in California with conservation efforts in the Amazon, most likely through REDD. A follow up meeting is scheduled in California for late summer.

Another major product of the conference was the Cuiaba Declaration which asks the Brazilian Federal Government to reverse its opposition to direct payments from abroad to people and entities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), and to involve more stakeholders in the process of forming climate-change policy. The declaration has already been signed by 175 organizations representing farmers, indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations, scientists, and businesses. The letter will be presented to the governors of the Amazonian states and to President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva in the coming weeks. The public conference was attended by an unprecedented 1,500 people and the private meeting by 150.

You can read the letter here:


THE KATOOMBA GROUP seeks to address key challenges for developing markets for ecosystem services, from enabling legislation to the establishment of new market institutions, to strategies of pricing and marketing, and performance monitoring. It seeks to achieve the goal through strategic partnerships for analysis, information-sharing, investment, market services and policy advocacy. The Katoomba Group includes over 180 experts and practioners from around the world representing a unique range of experience in business finance, policy, research and advocacy.
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FOREST TRENDS is an international non-profit organization that works to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these new markets; and to enhancethe livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests. We analyze strategic market and policy issues, catalyze connections between forward-looking producers, communities and investors, and develop new financial tools to help markets work for conservation and people.
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THE STATE OF MATO GROSSO is in the middle of large-scale agro-industrial development that places it at the top of the national ranking in terms of soy and cotton production. It has the largest number of beef cattle in the country and has large-scale programs being implemented in the area of pig farming. All this development is firmly founded on scientific research together with great respect for environmental conservation. Due to its strategic location in the Northwest region of Brazil, Mato Grosso plays an important role in the current environmental debates. Mato Grosso is the only state in the country with three different biomes: the pantanal in the south, the savannah in the central region and the Amazon in the northern section. During this Global Katoomba event, the governor of Mato Grosso, Blairo Maggi, will launch an innovative REDD project designed by NGOs and state experts.
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Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazonia
Instituto SocioAmbiental
The Nature Conservancy
Woods Hole Research Center
Instituto Centro de Vida
Instituto Centro de Vida
Centro das Industrias Produtoras e Exportadoras de Madeira do Estado de Mato Grosso
Projeto Dialogos


Newspapers from the meeting

Private Meeting


Images of the Pantanal
Images of the Pantanal (Photos: Rebecca Vonada, Kate Hamilton)






Sunrise over the Pantanal

Sunrise over the Pantanal (Photo: Rebecca Vonada)


Entrance to the meeting
Entrance to the meeting (Photo: R. Vonada)



Entrance to the meeting
Xingu Indians (Photo: Rebecca Vonada)








Carlos Min, Brazil's Minister of the Environment and Governors' Panel
Carlos Minc, Brazil’s Minister of the Environment and Governors’ Panel (Photo: Beto Borges)



Tashka Yawanawa and Almir Surui present
Tashka Yawanawa and Almir Surui present (Photo: Rebecca Vonada)




Grupo Andre Maggi
World Bank
World Bank
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Biological Capital

Biological Capital