Working to End Deforestation in Commodity Supply Chains

Forest destruction has a direct impact on climate change. Deforestation, slash-and-burn and forestry drain large quantities of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Overall, forest destruction accounts for around 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which are responsible for global warming.
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$ 8B
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Nature and Context

Forests cover one-third of the Earth's surface and are the habitat of many of the world's known animal and plant species and important climate protectors. In addition, they are a livelihood for more than 1.6 billion people.  

But the forests are threatened. Forest disappears every four seconds the size of a soccer field. About half of the global forest destruction concerns the tropical forests on the Equator, one of the most important growing areas for agricultural commodities such as palm oil, soy, rubber, coffee and cocoa.  

The wide clearing often goes back to large companies and their plantations. Due to the disastrous income situation, low productivity and crop failures as a result of climatic changes, however, many smallholder families are forced to expand their cultivated areas and clear valuable forest for it.

Symptoms and Causes

Deforestation-free supply chains ensure that no forest ecosystems are destroyed for the cultivation of agricultural commodities. Through forest protection laws, international standards, a traceability system and monitoring systems, there are already framework conditions to make the supply chain free of deforestation

Ideas Description
  • Geolocation Global Forest Watch Commodities is an online platform that empowers companies to analyse the impact of key commodities on forests, using the latest and most powerful data available. GFW Commodities builds on the groundbreaking platform, Global Forest Watch, but with a specific focus on companies that buy and sell major commodities that impact forests, such as palm oil, beef, soy and wood pulp. GFW Commodities is free to use and follows an open-data approach in putting decision-relevant information in the hands of companies who want to minimize forest-related risks in their supply chain.

  • One way to achieve greater protection of natural resources is the landscape approach. Landscapes provide important ecosystem services which form the basis of all life including drinking water, clean air, food, energy sources, building materials and recreational opportunities as well as carbon storage and climate regulation.

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