The effects of anti-deforestation programs on Brazil's ecological sustainability goals and the implications for the economic objectives of the strategic partnership with the European Union
Bruneau, Thomas C.
Halladay, Carolyn C.
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This thesis examines the effects of the anti-deforestation programs on Brazil’s economic sustainability goals and the related effects on the objectives for sustainable development of the Strategic Partnership between Brazil and the European Union (EU). Specifically, it asks whether the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), if implemented in Brazil in order to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gases, runs counter to the development and sustainability objectives of the Strategic Partnership with the EU and may, in fact, slow progress on the reduction of poverty. Can Brazil pursue all of these policy objectives at once? Although Brazil produces most of its energy with renewable resources, massive problems in deforestation still occur. The thesis expands in detail on the climatic objectives and the economic relations within the strategic transatlantic relationship. The climatic goals are presented in depth, and the impact on sustainable economy and development are examined through two specific CDM projects and their effects on the economic development objectives of the Brazilian government. In addition, the results of the CDM project comparison are overlaid on the sustainable development objectives of the Strategic Partnership between the EU and Brazil. Are the achievements of the project objectives in line with the objectives of the Strategic Partnership goals concerning the topic of sustainability in climate change, economy, and development?
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