Brazil Water Programme

Objective: 

The aim of the project was to increase forest restoration around the watersheds, foster the development and dissemination of sustainable rural production practices and techniques, encourage responsible consumption and solid waste recycling in cities, and enhance the Banco do Brasil’s portfolio of financial products and practices with a socio-environmental focus.

Actions: 

Specifically, over 100 individual forest restoration projects have been completed as part of the Brazil water programme across a range of water basins in the Amazon, Cerrado/ Pantanal, Atlantic Forest, and Caatinga. Additionally, the programme developed a campaign that conducted a social and environmental assessment of the bank’s suppliers for 10 sectors of the economy and 10 commodities.

Potential impacts/benefits: 

Environmental 

  • 194.75 hectares of forests were restored.
  • 15% more water production in the four local water basins generated. 

Social

  • 2.4 million people in the cities benefitted from the increase in water quantity and quality. 
  • 207 Payments for Environmental Services (PSA) contracts signed a mechanism that encourages environmental conservation. 
  • 230 domestic cisterns for rainwater storage were installed
  • The creation of 4 cooperatives and 18 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects were supported.

Economic

  • R$ 13 million was invested by the Água Brasil Program and another R$ 19.6 million was invested by 88 local partners
NBS benefits 
  • Developing climate change adaptation; improving risk management and resilience
  • Reduce drought risk
  • Restoring ecosystems and their functions
  • Increase Biodiversity
  • Increased cultural richness and biodiversity
  • Improve water quality
Financing: 

Financing for the programme was through Banco do Brasil, WWF-Brazil,, the National Water Agency, and Fundação Banco do Brasil

Further information

Sustainable Development Goals 
  • 3. Good Health and Well-being
  • 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 10. Reducing Inequality
  • 15. Life On Land