Deforestation, half of which is due to commercial agriculture, creates almost as much greenhouse gas emissions as global road travel and it continues to occur at an alarming rate. The ongoing movement to eliminate deforestation embedded in global agricultural supply chains by 2020 has been impactful, but needs to be intensified and accelerated to achieve its goals.
Commitments such as the 2010 Consumer Goods Forum pledge to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 in beef, soy, palm oil, pulp and paper supply chains, and the 2014 New York Declaration on Forests where over 190 government, non-governmental and corporate entities committed to the elimination of all deforestation driven by agricultural commodities have played an important role.
To date more than 470 leading businesses have made voluntary commitments to reduce or eliminate deforestation in their supply chains, through improvements in production and sourcing practices. Despite strong momentum, the movement must increase its efforts to meet its target of eliminating commodity-driven deforestation by 2020.
The Commodities and Forests Agenda 2020 report, launched September 19 by the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 and World Economic Forum, lays out 10 priority areas that company executives, policy-makers and civil society leaders should focus on to accelerate progress in addressing commodity-driven deforestation.
Executive summary: Commodities and Forests Agenda 2020
Executive Summary coming soon in Bahasa, French, Portuguese, and Spanish
Full report: Commodities and Forests Agenda 2020
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