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

As of: November 2019

Objective and activities

The project measures strengthen the capacities of the Ministry of the Environment in the strategic management of the SNUC. They optimise the management capacities and coordination processes of the organisations responsible for managing the protected areas at federal and state level. Handouts support the preparation of management plans. The financing of the SNUC is sustainably improved by the applicability of suitable instruments such as compensation payments. Strategic communication measures are intended to increase the appreciation of nature reserves for biodiversity conservation and its value for Brazilian society. Priority target groups are the population, the economy and government agencies. The project contributes to the achievement of Aichi Goals 11, 1 and 14.

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

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.
  • High-Level presentation of SNUC at CBD COP 13 in Mexico in December 2016.
  • The project supported the development of a monitoring protocol in order to determine Brazil's contribution to Aichi Target 11 of the CBD Strategic Plan.
  • From 31.07. to 02.08.18 the IXth Brazilian Congress of Protected Areas (CBUC) took place in Florianópolis. The SNUC and Local Protected Areas projects supported the MMA and ICMBio at this most important Brazilian expert forum on protected areas with a joint stand at the SNUC. A total of 27 lectures and presentations of specialist publications took place. Among other things, the web-based tool "Analysis and Monitoring of the Management of Protected Areas (SAMGe)" developed by the project was presented:
  • 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 these authorities was reactivated at the CBUC. The second meeting took place on 21.09.18 and was attended by DAP, ICMBio and representatives from 19 federal states. The following priority topics were discussed in depth: a) financial sustainability of the SNUC (focus on compensation payments), b) strategies for improving the National Protected Area Register (CNUC).
  • The information and monitoring system for private protected areas (SIMRPPN), which was improved by the project, was approved within the framework of the V. Brazilian Congress. Brazilian Congress of Private Protected Areas (RPPN) from 26 to 29 July. 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. As an important innovation, the SIMRPPN offers private owners the opportunity to create management plans for their RPPNs online.
  • On 16.08.18, the first round of the online course developed by the project to calculate environmental compensation payments for companies with a significant environmental impact, for which 2,000 participants registered, began.
  • The network of protected areas Serra do Cipó was founded on 13.09.18. The network with a total area of 2.7 million ha consists of 18 existing protected areas of different administrative levels (federal, state, municipal) and aims to promote an integrated management of these areas.

Project data


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

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil
  • Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation - Brazil

BMU grant:
€ 4,880,000

03/2013 till 12/2018