Brazil`s Forest Code is a law from 2012 that establishes the rules for land use in rural areas in order to preserve or restore native forest. Landowners in rural areas must be registered in the government data base and fulfill a selection of prerequisites in order to be legalized and have access to incentives and credit.
Although the law wasn’t finalized until 2012, sugarcane growers associated with UNICA voluntarily signed the Green Protocol in 2007, an important tool towards increased sustainability in the sugarcane business. Since then law was introduced, sugarcane growers in Brazil have stopped burning as a pre-harvest method, and committed themselves to preserve and restore native forest inside their properties. In fact, 8,230 water springs have been protected and restored, 200 thousand hectares of land alongside streams and riverbanks (riparian areas) were protected and recovered, as well as more than 35 million seedlings were planted, among other initiatives.