in the confrontation with the social, economic and political challenges that present themselves


About iCS

The Institute for Climate and Society (iCS) is a philanthropic organization which supports projects and institutions that are dedicated to tackling climate change in Brazil.

Areas of Knowledge

Climate Policy

Law and Climate

Low carbon economy

Communication and Engagement



Land Use and Food Systems

Impact Stories

Each of the projects supported by iCS impacts people and communities, with a new development vision for the future of Brazil. Know the stories.

Café Apuí Agroflorestal invests in the economy of the standing forest and has evolved into a socioenvironmental impact initiative in a previously deforested area

The first indigenous woman to advise the president of the TSE is participating, with lawyers from other villages, in a training laboratory, promoted by iCS In an election year, the news reports have an almost omnipresent name: the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). What few people know is that, among its staff, there is the first indigenous woman to advise the president of the court. Samara Pataxó, of the Pataxó People of Bahia, from the Aldeia Coroa Vermelha, has many stories to tell, but one of them shines a different light. “I am very proud to say that I studied at the indigenous school of my village. This is very important because we not only learned to read and write, but we also received an upbringing to grow up engaged in the fight, to understand that we need to fight for our rights, to maintain our culture, and to have the certainty that I could go to university.”

 The torrential rains that ravaged the northeast of Brazil in recent weeks have left more than a hundred dead. A common factor among almost all of those who lost their lives, the color of the skin: black. There is no doubt that tackling climate change will only be effective if it is carried out with racial and gender justice.

The National Policy for Air Quality, which is in progress in Congress, is one of the incidences of iCS grantees in the fight for the well-being of Brazilians. Another example is the installation of a climate and air monitoring station in a community in São Paulo. In the 1970s, the strike at a cement factory in São Paulo extrapolated the debate for better wage and working conditions for the workers. The women of the [...]

Matheus Villa, who lives at Morro da Babilônia (Leme, Rio de Janeiro), has seen his life change after a professional training in the installation of photovoltaic panels. Soon after the course, held in 2021, he installed 420 solar panels at a plant in Rio de Janeiro and he has also worked on projects in São Paulo. “I used to work with tourism but I am now focused on sustainable energy, because there is a large and growing demand and very little skilled labor. Furthermore, I am learning other skills with the NGO, as a building electrician, which I am just about to complete.”


  • The initiative Climate and Development: Visions for Brazil 2030 involved approximately 300 experts and leaders from subnational governments, parliament, civil society organizations, communities, companies, investment funds, coalitions and private associations in
    consultations held virtually between July and October 2021.

    These actors were consulted about how to increase the Brazilian climate ambition, in line with the Paris Agreement in view of the climate emergency, recognizing that a stable and secure climate is an indispensable requirement for the sustainable development of our country.

    Climate Policy

  • Esta publicação do Climate Policy Initiative/Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (CPI/PUC-Rio) faz parte de um projeto de monitoramento permanente da implementação do Código Florestal nos estados brasileiros, que conta com a contribuição dos órgãos ambientais e de agricultura estaduais. A partir da análise detalhada das regulamentações estaduais, da coleta de dados e informações junto aos estados e da troca de experiências entre os analistas e gestores estaduais em encontros virtuais e presenciais, o relatório traça uma radiografia da implementação da lei florestal.

    Land Use and Food Systems

  • Mesmo sendo a maioria da população na região, pretos e pardos ganham 30% a menos, por hora, do que pessoas brancas na Amazônia Legal. Novo estudo do projeto Amazônia 2030 ainda aponta que pessoas pretas e pardas são menos escolarizadas, têm menos emprego, participam menos do mercado de trabalho e possuem maiores probabilidades de estarem na informalidade.

    Land Use and Food Systems

  • Estimativas do Instituto Nacional de Colonização e Reforma Agrária (Incra) dizem que, nas terras públicas desse território, existem quase 300 mil ocupações irregulares, áreas com demanda para regularização fundiária. Segundo um novo estudo do Amazônia 2030, que investigou o assunto, a dificuldade em avançar com a regularização fundiária em áreas federais fora de assentamentos não decorre de problemas da lei, e sim do enfraquecimento da implementação da lei fundiária ao longo dos últimos anos. 

    Land Use and Food Systems


2022 was a busy year for iCS and for all of Brazilian society working on socioenvironmental causes. In the end, however, there was a victory for democracy and all our [...]