Ricardo Leitão (MPP 2019) has conducted a study with Chatham House examining the economics of sustainable forest management in the Amazon. The study aims to inform decision-makers on the rainforest's economic value to assist them in establishing a resilient and sustainable economy for the region. It found that an estimated USD1.5 billion of revenue from the sale of timber and USD220 million in sales taxes by state governments could have been generated in one year from land that was illegally deforested in 2019.

The main findings of the study are now available on the Chatham House website.