In 2014, governments, civil society and private sector companies gathered in New York and agreed to halve deforestation by 2030 and to restore millions of hectares of degraded land. Private companies also pledged to eliminate deforestation from their supply chain. However, there are many challenges to go from discourse to practice. To help discuss the way forward, our staff member Marisa Camargo joined a panel with Neste Oy, WWF and Finnish Agri-agency for Food and Forest Development, to discuss potential solutions at the University of Helsinki on 22 August 2017.
Marisa presented her work on zero-deforestation chocolate (link to presentation) and highlighted that the definition of zero-deforestation should encompass two aspects: the issues that need to be addressed, but also the scope, i.e. the boundaries of the intervention areas.
Deforestation is not the only issue at hand, but it is intrinsically connected and dependant on livelihoods and productivity. Therefore, addressing only deforestation is unlikely to help solve the problem on the long-run. Thus, she recommends that zero-deforestation definitions are grounded in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which encompass all dimensions of sustainability.
The areas where interventions will be designed to deliver zero-deforestation are not yet defined. They could be national, regional, or local. There are several pilots being developed around the globe to try and address this challenge. One of them is the Ghana’s Emission Reductions Program for the Cocoa Forest Mosaic Landscape, which is working in an area of 5.9 million ha mosaic landscape. Mexico, on the other hand is targeting an area of about 30 million hectares, spread in five States.
Indufor has been actively engaged in projects aiming to address climate change for decades. We can assist both public sector clients on e.g. thematic studies, building monitoring systems, improving policies and governance; and private clients on conducting due diligence, building communication strategy on climate change and assisting on improving traceability along the supply chain.