Deforestation

Towards radical transparency for a deforestation-free economy

Presentation held by Toby Gardner, SEI, on the 23rd November 2016 at the event Putting Agenda 2030 into practice - how the landscape perspective can contribute.

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PhD student position in Sustainability and leakage in beef & soy supply chains in South America

The research associated to this PhD position focuses on understanding the role that agricultural commodity supply chain sustainability initiatives, such as certification schemes, moratoria, voluntary corporate commitments and government regulations, play in reducing the clearance forests and other ecosystems in the tropics.

Building Partnerships with Forest Communities

Indigenous and local communities, particularly in forest areas, are increasingly affected by environmental degradation and deforestation, which is often the result of unsustainable land use and global demand for commodities and mineral resources.A growing number of public and private actors and conservation NGOs, are setting up enterprises and cooperating with local or indigenous forest

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What is key to building partnerships with forest communities?

Indigenous and local communities, particularly in forest areas, are increasingly affected by environmental degradation and deforestation, which is often the result of unsustainable land use and global demand for commodities and mineral resources.

Doing wonders with biochar for soil quality in Africa, how do we take it to the next level?

Energy access is a tricky puzzle for the African continent. 70% of the population in sub Saharan Africa relies on biomass for energy. It means that most of the population burns firewood, charcoal, agricultural residues and animal dung for cooking food and for getting done with other day-to-day routines.

Reducing Deforestation in Commodity Supply Chains

Photo courtesy Christian Ostrosky (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Over the past two decades, a variety of private sector, market-driven approaches have become popular, including eco-certification, multi-stakeholder commodity roundtables, voluntary moratoria, public disclosure, and voluntary corporate commitments.

Energy access and food security in sub-Saharan Africa

More than two-fifths of the world’s population depends on unsustainably harvested wood energy for cooking and heating. This has significant impact on health, food production and nutrition, and the climate. Energy and food security are often dealt with as separate issues, yet energy is directly and indirectly embedded in food production and preparation.

Assessing land-use impacts of biomass consumption in a globalized world

Photo courtesy David Gilbert/RAN (CC BY-NC 2.0)

About the seminar:

Global trade volumes of agricultural and forestry products are increasing rapidly, and with them the influence of consumers on land-use decisions in distant locations. To address negative environmental impacts of land use, a proper understanding of its consumption-side drivers is crucial.

New study finds beef, soybeans, palm oil and wood products are responsible for 40% of global deforestation

Growing world population drives the demand for food, feed and fiber. And since no country can produce all the products we now can buy in supermarkets, this demand is met through the export of agricultural commodities on the global market. Partly, the global demand is met through a rising productivity on the already established agricultural land.