Knowledge Platform for Sustainable Cities in Brazil

Project General Information


Climate change

Climate Change


Rapid urbanization led Brazil to an increase from only 30 percent in urban population in the 1940s, to more than 80 percent in urban population in 2010. Within Brazil, major challenges in the rapid urbanization process are linked to urban sprawl and illegal settlements, poor coverage of basic sanitation systems (sewage and water supply), and urban transport and traffic jams amongst others. Another issue of concern is climate change. Brazil’s GHG emissions are fueled in part, by the country’s rapid urbanization. Cities in Brazil contribute directly (e.g. through motor vehicles) and indirectly (e.g. production of goods and services that are consumed within urban boundaries) to GHG emissions (UNEP, 2013).


In the last 15 years, Brazil has advanced significantly in creating legislation that requires planning and management instruments for short, medium and long term; master plans, pluriannual plans, mobility plans, sustainability plans, target plans and a national plan for climate change. While some cities have spontaneously adopted sustainable and integrated planning approaches, they are not wide spread in Brazil. Despite existing enabling legislation and some good examples, there is still an  absence of a more prescriptive guidance/methodology for integrated urban planning and a lack of awareness and knowledge of urban planners of the benefits of comprehensive, integrated and sustainable urban planning.


Recife and Brasilia will be the target cities for this project. Both cities are receptive to the concepts of sustainability and integration, and are in the process of reviewing a number of their urban plans. This project will help them to spread integrated urban planning more quickly than would be the case otherwise.                   


Full Size Project(FSP)


Latin America and the Caribbean


GEF Trust Fund

Stage Grant to UNEP Grant to other IA Co-Financing UNEP Fee Other IA Fee
$ 22,635,780.00 $ 0.00 $ 193,000,000.00 $ 2,037,220.00 $ 0.00



Executing Agency Category

Partner Category

Name Category Period
Ruth Coutto

Low Risk

Engagement of city administrations: city administrators are under intense pressure to deliver tangible results for their inhabitants, particularly at the beginning and end of election cycles. There are well established procedures in Brazil for planning and financing city actions. Encouraging city planners and city politicians to experiment with different procedures and explore complex integrated goals can be more complex than expected. Funding: Brazil is going through an economic recession and this has constrained the size of city budgets, however there is a well-established process for planning and allocating city budgets, making resources fairly predictable. Replication: replication of integrated city planning will be driven through the knowledge platform of the project, the network of the sustainable cities programme, but will also be dependent on adoption of best practices and guidelines at the federal level for promulgation throughout Brazil. If legal revision are required by law makers in Brazil, awareness raising will become important.


Fiscal Year Project activities and objectives met

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