Área de Preservação Permanente próximio a margem de rio em propriedade rural de Lucas do Rio Verde-MT.
PRODUÇÃO E CONSERVAÇÃO Área de Preservação Permanente próximio a margem de rio em propriedade rural de Lucas do Rio Verde-MT. © Rui Rezende

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Environmental Framework

According to official estimates by the National Supply Company (CONAB), the area required for planting soybeans in the Brazilian Cerrado to meet world demand in 2030 is more than  17 million acres (roughly 7 million hectares). In Brazil, the Cerrado is the main agricultural frontier. In this biome alone there are more than 152 million acres (62 million hectares) of pasture, of which about 44.5 million acres (18 million hectares) are suitable for soybeans and approximately 17 million (7 million hectares) are degraded pastures suitable for planting. Enough territory to direct the expansion of soy and meet demand without cutting down any trees.
Historically, agricultural credit has a direct influence on the disposition of Brazilian land use and can be decisive in the implementation of sustainable production, especially in the expansion of soy production in the Cerrado. It is estimated that around $ 9 billion (51 billion reais) will be needed to finance this expansion planned by CONAB.
The Environmental Framework is a guide to assist in decision making for financing the production of deforestation-free soy. The framework harmonizes criteria that can serve as a basis for financing and investment instruments in agricultural production. Thus, financiers can standardize the requirements for offering green credit lines to rural producers, helping to ensure that the financed production is developed in a more sustainable way.
The Framework also offers a dashboard  to identify priority regions for soy expansion without deforestation, and a carbon calculator that estimates the expected deforestation and avoided emissions associated with it for each municipality in the Cerrado.
The development of the Environmental Framework involved different actors in the soy production chain to reach a result that can meet the most diverse needs of the market.
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Environmental Framework