Pathways to Sustainability: How to Effectively Address the Drivers of Deforestation

July 7, 2017

Climate change and deforestation are among the greatest challenges of this century. In order to contribute to addressing this problem, Indufor has recently published an article at the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) on how to effectively address the drivers of deforestation looking at both demand and supply side measures.

In the article, we draw on the lessons we’ve learned from working on REDD+ for a decade to inform the recent discussions on promoting Zero Deforestation supply chains.

Our main findings highlight that:

  • Development assistance projects should focus on promoting sustainability in the landscape where commodities are produced, but also integrate a view on the entire supply chain from farmer to consumers paying attention to the role of demand side measures.
  • Investors would benefit significantly from becoming more aware of the potential climate risks of its portfolio, and the benefits of putting in place mitigation and adaptation measures to address these risks, such as revisit their environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.
  • Sustainability is a multi-stakeholder effort that requires smart partnerships between public and private sector actors.

The article in ETFRN can be accessed here.

We hope you enjoy the reading. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are:

  • An investor trying to assess potential climate impacts of your portfolio
  • A company interested in learning how to communicate your efforts on addressing climate change and improving your procurement policies to ensure that you have a deforestation-free supply chain
  • A development agency looking into designing and implementing projects or conducting thematic analyses

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