Brazil can significantly reduce GHG emissions by adopting the model of a connected, compact and coordinated city. To do so, it needs to:
- encourage vibrant city centers;
- restrain urban sprawl and implement an integrated transport network;
- invest in social participation and information technology;
- boost sustainable architecture, foster energy efficiency in buildings and incorporate solutions brought by new mobility
These are fundamental steps toward more equitable, efficient Brazilian cities. Implementing such improvements will require investments. Using new sources of funding, such as green funds, for sustainable urban projects gives Brazil a new opportunity to reduce the current urban infrastructure gap.
WRI Brasil develops and replicates sustainable solutions for mobility, road safety, energy efficiency and urban development to create more equitable cities, improve quality of life, and foster an environment where people can live and thrive.
We support three large Brazilian cities (Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Brasília) to implement BRT systems that benefit a million people, cutting in half the time spent in their daily travels. Working in Brazil for the past 12 years, we have developed planning methods and project criteria to technically support Brazilian cities in relation to road safety actions and the remodeling of urban areas to encourage sustainable mobility.
We have become partners with the federal government and Frente Nacional de Prefeitos (National Front of Mayors - FNP), partnerships that help give a national scale to our work. We work so that existing resources are used in sustainable urban infrastructure projects, which enhances human wellbeing throughout the country. Strengthening resilience and governance mechanisms by engaging the private sector and empowering public participation in mobility and urban development decision-making processes are some of the key aspects of our work. We work to fight poverty and ensure social inclusion based on actions that promote citizen participation in decision-making about the future of their cities.
Read more: WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities