The state of Mato Grosso is economically and ecologically vital both for Brazil and globally. It is a leading producer of soy, beef and cotton and aims to double its agricultural output by 2030. At the same time, covering an area of more than 90 million ha, Mato Grosso is a biodiversity hotspot, home to vast tracts of Amazon forest, tropical savanna and wetland (Amazon, Cerrado and Pantanal) that need conservation. Agricultural expansion, above all soy farming and cattle ranching, has been the reason the state faces one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. Yet, solutions are not far from reach. There is ample room for example, for optimizing land-use on the currently available agricultural land and accommodating future growth within the same area to create value for business and for the environment. 

We work as a part of a coalition of public and private sector stakeholders led by the Government of Mato Grosso and including leading cattle and soy companies and civil society organizations to address deforestation and forest degradation in the state. Our role here is bringing international investment to the landscape, co-funding farmer trainings and creating innovative financial solutions to incentivize farmers to conserve the forest through intensification and reforestation.

The Mato Grosso coalition aims to implement the government’s green growth plan that is set to avoid 6 gigatons of CO2 emissions by 2030 while doubling agricultural output.

Daniela Mariuzzo

Senior Landscape Convener, Brazil

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Daan Wensing

Program Director, ISLA

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Manizha Korodiva

Communication Officer, ISLA

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