Environmental, Social & Economic Impacts projects

Best Practices for Sustainable Sugarcane Production

Brazil is the world's largest producer and exporter of sugar, putting the country at the frontier of global biofuel production. The project aims to: (i) develop spatial management plans that maximize economic efficiencies in sugarcane production and processing while meeting the Forest Code, ZAE-Cana, and voluntary certification standards; and, (ii) compare and contrast different management plans to elucidate the tradeoffs between sugarcane production, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem services production at the landscape level.

project Highlights

2014 Highlights

Brazil is the world’s largest producer and exporter of sugar, putting the country at the frontier of global biofuel production. Our project, begun in 2014, is: (i) developing spatial management plans that maximize economic efficiencies in sugarcane production and processing while meeting the Forest Code, ZAE-Cana, and voluntary certification standards; and, (ii) comparing and contrasting different management plans to elucidate the tradeoffs between sugarcane production, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem services production at the landscape level. Outputs from the project will enable ex-ante estimates of the economic and environmental risks and opportunities of producing ethanol from sugarcane in Brazil.

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