Brazil has changed its position and signaled that the country was willing to accept voluntary emission cuts. With this Brazil has emerged as the BASIC-group member willing to move furthest towards binding emission cuts. Will Brazil be able to maintain this position? Will weak progress in the global climate negotiations and increasing domestic resistance against a strict forest policy block the momentum in Brazilian climate policy?

Sjur Kasa is a researcher at Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo. Kasa has published extensively on various aspects of environmental and climate change. He is currently doing research on global socio-economic and policy drivers for Brazil’s contribution to climate change.

Discussant: Endre Tvinnereim. Tvinnereim runs the Bergen program on governance and climate (BGC), a new initiative for interdisciplinary climate research. From 2006 to 2011, he worked as a senior analyst and editor for Point Carbon.

Moderator: Elling N. Tjønneland, senior researcher and coordinator of the Aid Cluster at Chr. Michelsen Institute.