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Consolidating the Brazilian National System of Conservation Units (SNUC) - LifeWeb

As of: April 2021

Brazil is home to around 20% of the world’s species and the SNUC preserves this natural heritage. The protected area is currently about four times the size of Germany. The project measures strengthen the capacities of the Ministry of the Environment in the strategic management of the SNUC and also optimise the management and coordination processes of the organisations responsible for SNUC administration. This is done at both federal and state levels. Handouts support the preparation of management plans. The financing of the SNUC is also sustainably improved through the use of suitable instruments such as compensation payments, and strategic communication measures are created to increase the appreciation of the nature reserves for biodiversity protection among the Brazilian population, industries and government agencies.

State of implementation/results

  • More than 40 key actors from the local, regional and national level were trained on results-based management as part of a holistic Capacity Development Strategy. Among the participants, nine specialists were identified to become themselves trainers on this matter, thereby fostering a multiplying effect.
  • Publication of guidelines for members of parliament on the use of public finance for protected areas through Emendas Parlamentares (…:sistema-nacional-de-unidades-de-conservação-snuc-–-lifeweb-folder,-cartilha-e-manual).
  • With the aim of improving the exchange between DAP/MMA, ICMBio and the environmental authorities of the federal states, which is necessary for the coordination of the SNUC, the forum of the heads of the protected areas authorities was reactivated. Face-to-face meetings of the forum took place at the CBUC (31.07.-02.08.18 in Florianópolis), on 21.09.18 and 10.12.19 in Recife. Besides DAP and ICMBio, representatives from up to 21 states took part.
  • The information and monitoring system for private protected areas (SIMRPPN) was updated and improved with support of the project. As a result of the innovations, federal states and municipalities can now register private protected areas for the first time alongside the federal level and manage the relevant information themselves. This contributes to an increased transparency and strengthening of the SNUC and the subordinate authorities involved in the management of this protected area category.
  • On 22.11.18, the fourth round of the online course developed by the project to calculate environmental compensation payments for companies with significant environmental impact, which was again fully booked with 2,000 registrations, started.
  • In May 2019, the first round of the project's online course to develop management plans for protected areas ended with great success (…ção.html ). 714 participants completed the course with a certificate.
  • On 21 July 2019, the campaign "A Day in the Park" (Um dia no Parque), supported by the project and organized by an association of NGOs, took place for the second time. The aim of the campaign is to sensitize the Brazilian population to the importance of protected areas and to encourage them to visit them. A total of 231 protected areas took part. The more than 10,000 photos that visitors from all over the country published on social networks speak for the success of the campaign ( Over 130 partners across the country supported the campaign, including ICMBio, state and municipal environmental agencies.
  • In September 2019 a new training session on the use of the web-based tool "Analysis and Monitoring of Protected Area Management (SAMGe)" ( was launched. The use of the instrument developed with the support of the project is now open to managers of municipal protected areas for the first time. The results of the 2019 survey are published here:…

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil

Implementing partner(s):
  • Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation - Brazil

BMU grant:
6.680.000,00 €

03/2013  till  12/2021


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