Climate Change in Brazil
Climate change has had significant impact in climate patterns, in precipitations (rains), in hydrologic cycle, affecting the superficial water supply, as well as the soil humidity and subterranean water replacement. A recent study estimates that climate change is happening due to a global increase of water scarcity (20%), and due to population growth and economic development (80%).
Brazil has tried to align sector structures with the national and international situation on Climate Change. However, Brazil still faces issues related to scarcity of human resources (both in quantity and quality), and poor infrastructure and logistics to adequately address emerging issues related to conflicts between economic development and measures to ensure protection, conservation and sustainable use of environmental assets.
Some Brazilian efforts towards facing climate change challenges:
- The Ministry of the Environment has restructured itself through the creation of a Climate Change Department: the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade - ICMBio).
- Ibama (Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) has new focus on actions aimed at environmental licensing, inspection and control.
Insufficient budgetary and financial resources, which are chronically unavailable when required, together with low capacity for executing international grants and financing funds, hinder the ongoing management of programmes and projects essential for developing and establishing integrated management of environmental policies.