Indonesia’s forest moratorium – renewed if not reformed

  While Indonesia’s continued moratorium on new forest commercial activity is welcome, it is time for more progress on enforcement  On 13 May, Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, signed a “presidential instruction” that has the effect of extending for another two years a moratorium on new commercial activity in the country’s primary forest and peatland. It…

  • May 29, 2015
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Small holder famers & deforestation in southeast Asia – Podcast with Dr Nirarta Samadhi, country director, Indonesia, World Resources Institute

Helping smallholders be sustainable is key Companies are making zero deforestation pledges, and putting an emphasis on transparency. But what can government and NGOs do? And how can small holder famers be incentivised to stop burning forests?   Dr Nirarta Samadhi, country director, Indonesia, World Resources Institute, talks about how business is tackling deforestation An…

  • May 25, 2015
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Summary presentation of “No Deforestation” progress, challenges and opportunities for companies

This morning I gave a presentation to the Quebec Forestry association about ‘No Deforestation’ commitments by companies. I tried to look at the drivers, the companies, the NGOs, the responses, challenges and opportunities. It’s very visually oriented and took me about two days to put together. I hope readers find it of some use. Here’s…

  • May 14, 2015
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A brilliant essay on the road to corporate commitments to Deforestation-Free supply chains

Frances Seymour recently gave a superb opening speech to our No deforestation conference in Washington, D.C. Here’s a bullet point summary of some key points from that event. With her colleagues at the Centre for Global Development she’s now written it up as a short essay. It’s really something you should read if you care about…

  • May 12, 2015
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What does “zero deforestation” really mean?

A couple of weeks ago we debated this point with 160 company, NGOs and other experts in Washington D.C.  A brief summary of some key points from that meeting is here. The point was raised by Tensie Whelan of the Rainforest Alliance.  Mongabay.com has published an article looking at the term, and the problems with…

Some key points on the latest deforestation debates

Last week Innovation Forum ran the latest in our series of conferences on how companies can prevent deforestation. This time it was in Washington D.C. and alongside it we published this free briefing. You can also see a number of tweets and quotes from the event at: https://twitter.com/InnovaForum and also at https://twitter.com/webb_tobias One of my favourite quotes from…

How business can tackle deforestation – another management briefing from Innovation Forum

Our latest management briefing on deforestation is now available here for free for blog readers. That’s how special you are people. Don’t say I never give you anything. This one, like the last, is a little cracker. With contributions from Wilmar, Future 500, Permian Global, Rainforest Alliance, APP, Mongabay.com, Global Canopy Programme, IOI Loders Croklaam,…

  • Apr 9, 2015
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Q&A with Glenn Hurowitz: On RSPO failings, brands and ‘no deforestation’ pledges, and more

1) Are you a campaigner or a consultant? What’s the deal there? My work is primarily as a campaigner, as the chair of Forest Heroes, a global campaign working to break the link between deforestation and agriculture. As a Managing Director of Climate Advisers and a co-founder of the Chain Reaction Research project, I also advise…

  • Apr 3, 2015
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Five questions for Dr Simon Lord, group director of sustainability at New Britain Palm Oil

Dr Simon Lord 1)    New Britain Palm Oil is known as an ethically minded palm oil business. Where did that ethos come from? NBPOL’s journey to become more sustainable started in the late 1990’s. At a seminal strategic meeting with our downstream processors we highlighted the growing European discontent with the way some players…

  • Mar 23, 2015
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Forest governance and big natural resource companies. Q&A with Charles Barber at WRI

Five (ish!) questions for Charles Barber, director, forest legality alliance and government relations, forests program, World Resources Institute1) First of all, what is forest governance all about? Chip Barber Governance in the forest context is usually taken to mean strengthening the rule of law (e.g., to eradicate illegal logging), decentralizing forest governance, clarifying land tenure,…

  • Mar 15, 2015
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Greenpeace UK boss John Sauven on campaign priorities, deforestation, India, China, Shell, April and big banks

Here’s an interview I just taped with John Sauven, executive director, Greenpeace UK.In the interview we discuss Greenpeace’s campaigning priorities, funding, Shell and the Arctic, emerging markets such as China and India, and the growing pressure on NGOs We also discuss deforestation in general, and specifically companies such as APRIL, Asia Pulp & Paper, Santander,…

  • Mar 13, 2015
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Stakeholder engagement and sustainable forestry at International Paper

Q&A with Sofie Beckham, Manager Forest Stewardship and Sustainability at International Paper 1) Many of our readers won’t know your latest targets and objectives relating to sustainable forestry, can you give us an overview? First and foremost, as the largest procurer of fiber in the world, IP supports close to 30 million acres of productive…

  • Mar 12, 2015
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Is biomass conversion the next deforestation threat?

From the Innovation Forum weeky eBrief newsletter. Sign up for it here. The rush to convert coal fired power stations to biomass might be causing more harm than good, and threatening North American forests For companies that are committed to sustainability, action to combat deforestation is commonly concentrated in tropical regions. In Brazil and Indonesia,…

Progress in the forests for APP

Rainforest Alliance’s Richard Donovan welcomes the ‘moderate’ progress made by Asia Pulp and Paper towards its conservation commitments First published on Innovation Forum In October 2014, when Scott Poynton of TFT, Simon Lord of New Britain Palm Oil and I got together for a panel at Innovation Forum’s deforestation conference in London, we had a…

Deforestation: Greenpeace picks on Santander in campaign against APRIL

A casual observer might be forgiven for thinking that the NGO campaigner battle against large companies on deforestation has been won.Charts like the below from the excellent Mongabay.com are clearly great cause for optimism. However, whilst many of the large brands and their big suppliers formerly accused of deforestation are now trying to implement policy…

  • Feb 17, 2015
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