Total Land Area [1]
903,330 km² 34.2 % Forest
Deforestation Trend
4.8 % 2017
Original Forest Area [2]
903,330 km²
Current Forest Area
308,797 km² 2.161 % of Global Total
Total Area Deforested
594,533 km²
Total Forest Carbon
3,259 M MtC 2.050 % of Global Total

The state of Mato Grosso is located in the Central-West region of Brazil, bordering the states of Pará and Amazonas to the north, Mato Grosso do Sul to the south, Goiás and Tocantins to the East and Rondônia and Bolivia to the West. It is the third largest state in the country by area, with an area of 903,000 square kilometers and a population of three million, two hundred thousand inhabitants. The state territory is composed of three biomes: Pantanal, Cerrado and Amazon. It contains a considerable number of protected areas, divided into 70 indigenous lands, 23 federal conservation units, 46 state conservation units and 35 municipal conservation units. In the three biomes, it is possible to find different types of vegetation, as the plant physiognomy varies from forest fragments to meadows, with great variation in their carbon stocks.

The state of Mato Grosso is one of the main producers of agricultural products in Brazil, including soybeans, corn, beef and cotton. Historically, it recorded high levels of deforestation until 2004. Since then Mato Grosso has achieved drastic reductions in deforestation in its territory. According to PRODES / INPE data, the deforested area of 11,814 km², observed in 2004 fell to 1,341 km² in 2017, equating to a reduction of 89%.

In order to face drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and reach the current deforestation level, Mato Grosso has since 2010 structured various jurisdictional strategic planning instruments to reduce deforestation and sustainable development. These instruments are already in various stages of implementation and comprise an organized framework of government sectoral programs, targets, monitoring and governance tools and an established funding system, most of which are created through participatory processes involving multiple stakeholders.

The Strategy to Produce, Preserve and Include (PCI), launched in 2015, aims to bring a vision for the low-carbon agricultural development of Mato Grosso by 2030. It is based on a set of 21 goals, integrating the agendas of public, private actors and civil society, and aimed at reconciling low-carbon farming with environmental conservation and socio-productive inclusion. The strategy includes targets for reducing deforestation that include the commitments of the Rio Branco Declaration. The role of the PCI Strategy is to articulate and monitor a broad set of initiatives aimed at reducing the emission of greenhouse gases in the State.

The Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Deforestation and Burning in Mato Grosso (PPCDQ) is more operational. Since 2006 it has had two phases of implementation (2006 to 2010 and 2011 to 2016) and was renamed in its third phase to the Plan of Action for Prevention and Control of Deforestation and Forest Fires of the State of Mato Grosso (PPCDIF / MT). It represents a set of strategic actions to prevent and control deforestation and forest fires in Mato Grosso structured in 4 action lines with the respective objectives: Territorial Planning, Monitoring and Control, Promotion of Sustainable Activities and Governance and Executive Management. In the context of PPCDIF and in addition to the federal instruments for monitoring deforestation in the Amazonian forest areas (PRODES and DETER-INPE), the State of Mato Grosso through the State Environmental Secretariat (SEMA) has a monitoring system and quantification of deforestation in the entire territory of Mato Grosso including forest and non-forest areas.

In addition to these initiatives, the main REDD + policy came with Law 9,878, in 2013, which established the State System of REDD + (SISREDD +) with the objective of promoting the progressive, consistent and sustained reduction of deforestation and other activities that emit gases of Greenhouse Effect with coverage in all the biomes of Mato Grosso, aiming to reach the goals of the PPCDQ, the State Policy of Climate Change, and the National Policy of Climate Change and other pertinent legislation. The law allowed for specific governance to be established with the establishment of the REDD + Governing Board and made it possible to obtain payment for results. Thus, it is through this policy that the program of payment by results was approved at the end of 2017; "REDD + for Pioneers" (REDD + for Early Movers - REM) funded by the German government (KfW) and the UK government (BEIS), totaling 178 million reals. REM / MT aims to reward and recognize the REDD pioneer climate change mitigation effort. Through a benefit distribution built between 2017 and 2018 between potential beneficiaries and civil society, REM aims to promote sustainable development for the benefit of farmers, indigenous communities and extractive communities. The work carried out in the framework of the establishment of the REM program has made it possible to establish an operational plan and must ensure the reduction of deforestation by command and control, the implementation of safeguards and monitoring instruments and the implementation of programs directed to direct beneficiaries. Several partnerships were established for this, articulating direct beneficiaries, but also civil society organizations such as ICV, IPAM, EII, ONFI, FEPOIMT, international technical cooperation such as GIZ or even federal institutions such as FUNAI.

Mato Grosso participates actively in the activities and work of the National Commission for REDD + (CONAREDD +), the Thematic Consultative Chambers (CCT) and in the process of building the National Information System on REDD + Safeguards, aiming at ensuring complementarity between the federal and state level and security implementation of public policies and programs.

Additional information can be found on the GCF Impact Platform.

Alex Sandro Marega
Executive Secretary, SEMA
Maurício Philipp
Climate Change Coordinator, SEMA
Mauro Mendes Ferreira
Population of State/Province [3]
3,035,122 1.5 % of National Population
Urban vs. Rural Population [4]
Urban 82.00 %
Rural 18.00 %
Ethnic Groups [5]
Multi-ethnic 52.00 %
White 37.00 %
Black 8.00 %
Indigenous 2.00 %
Other 0.00 %
State/Province GDP [6]
BRL 101,200,000,000
Annual Per Capita Income [7]
BRL 19,644
Human Development Index [8]
GDP Breakdown [9]
Services 54.48 %
Agriculture, Forestry 28.60 %
Industry 16.89 %
Main Exports [10]
Agricultural Products - soy, meat, corn and cotton
Forest Status (1)
Major Vegetation Types [11]
Forest 422,967 km²
Pastureland 196,516 km²
Other Land Uses 123,459 km²
Agriculture 94,671 km²
Secondary Vegetation 65,717 km²
Forest Management
Unprotected 273,536 km²
Protected 40,464 km²
Deforestation Rates [12]
Drivers of Deforestation

In recent decades the implementation of public policies to occupy the Amazon has resulted in profound change in the territory of Mato Grosso its economic development. Policies have attracted thousands of migrant families from various regions of the country, and in particular the south and southeast of the country. Many of these migrants are seeking to support livelihoods through agricultural production and in Mato Grosso the majority of deforestation is directly or indirectly associated with extensive livestock and agricultural operations.

Currently, the state is the largest producer of soy, cotton, meat and timber in Brazil. While this economic expansion has generated wealth it has also impacted the different types of vegetation belonging to the three biomes present in the state (Amazon, Cerrado and Pantanal). The growth of the economy, fueled by the continued expansion of agricultural activities - which peaked in the late 1990s and early 2000s - gave the state high rates of deforestation and burning.

After 2004, deforestation rates dropped substantially, both in Mato Grosso and in other states of the Legal Amazon. This was done through the joint action of the implementation of innovative public policies such as the PPCDA, at the federal level, and PPCDQ / MT at the state level, also associated with the dynamics in the commodities market, such as the Soy Moratorium and the Livestock Agreement . Many companies that purchase these commodities have demanded "zero deforestation" and "zero illegality" from their suppliers, measured at the level of individual farms, to avoid reputational risks. In this way, the possibility of market loss forced the adoption of technological advances to intensify agricultural production and cattle raising, reducing the need for new deforestation.

(1) Due to different methodological approaches and base years, Forest Status data fields may differ slightly. Data sources for each field are listed below.
IBGE, 2010
Machado, R.B., M.B. Ramos Neto, P.G.P. Pereira, E.F. Caldas, D.A. Gonçalves, N.S. Santos, K.Tabor e M. Steininger. 2004. Estimativas de perda da área do Cerrado brasileiro. Relatório técnico não publicado. Conservação Internacional, Brasília, DF.
Censo Demográfico IBGE, 2010
Censo Demográfico IBGE, 2010
Censo Demográfico IBGE, 2010
IBGE, 2015
IBGE, 2015
Mato Grosso em Números, 2010
IBGE, 2009
Mato Grosso em Números, 2010
Prodes INPE