How Brazil's Local Leaders Are Helping the Amazon

Government officials from the Amazon discussed their actions to promote conservation and sustainable economic development.


  • Flávio Dino, Governor of Maranhão
  • Edmilson Rodrigues, Mayor of Belém
  • Tatiana Schor, Executive Secretary of Science, Technology, and Innovation of Amazonas
  • Cecilia Tornaghi, Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly; Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

In an AS/COA and Americas Quarterly event about the latest AQ issue on the Amazon, local government representatives working in the Brazilian Amazon discussed how the international community, as well as the private sector, can help the region in a time of climate and political crisis.

Flávio Dino, governor of Maranhão, detailed an effort involving nine Brazilian states to bring economic development and green infrastructure to the region. He said, "there needs to be an alignment with the needs of local communities in the Amazon" for any initiative to thrive. Amazonas state official Tatiana Schor spoke the need for coordination among local governments and big agribusiness, which farm soy and beef in the region, to develop both the forest and the local economy. "The last thing Brazil needs now is conflict in the countryside," she said, furthering that it is important to consider the Amazon's "commodity bio-economy."

This event was held in Portuguese. To watch the event with original audio click here.