Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte is the sixth most populous city in Brazil, with around 2.5 million inhabitants. Its economic focus is on the service sector, including commerce, industry, and public administration.

Due to its geographical location, it experiences a tropical climate, characterized by a rainy period that lasts from October to January. In recent years, rainfall rates have increased, making the rains more frequent and intense.

The city has been mobilizing to participate in projects aimed at mitigation and resilience, both at the national and international levels. Belo Horizonte’s engagement to these initiatives demonstrates the city’s commitment to tackling environmental issues and fostering sustainability.

Local risk management strategies

The State of Minas Gerais and its capital, Belo Horizonte, have launched a variety of comprehensive climate change and resilience strategies.

For instance, the Energy and Climate Change Plan (PEMC) aims to achieve a low-carbon economy, while the Climate Action Plan – developed with ICLEI South America – focuses on emissions neutrality, local policies for climate mitigation and adaptation. Other initiatives are a Climate Vulnerability Analysis, a disaster contingency planning, and a Municipal System for Protection and Civil Defense.

These policy actions attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve climate resilience, and promote sustainable development.