Avoiding deforestation and conserving and restoring forests are critical to addressing the challenge of climate change. Today, deforestation, especially in the tropics, currently accounts for 12-17% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Just four agricultural commodities – soy, palm oil, beef, and paper and pulp – are responsible for over 50% of this deforestation.
Ensuring that the supply chains of these key commodities are sustainably managed and do not result in forest loss would be a major contribution in the fight against global climate change. It would also help to conserve endangered species and other tropical biodiversity, and provide a range other ecosystem goods and services that underpin local livelihoods in these regions.
To fulfill its 2014-2016 mandate, the Global Agenda Council on Forestry will identify targets for sustainable supply chain management in these four key commodity supply chains. Such targets will focus on reducing deforestation, and providing input from key stakeholders at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place in Paris, France, in December 2015.
Council Manager: Florian Reber, Project Manager, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, Environmental Initiatives, Florian.Reber@weforum.org
Forum Lead: Dominic Kailash Nath Waughray, Head of Public-Private Partnership, Global Agenda Platform, Member of the Executive Committee, Dominic.firstname.lastname@example.org