Agreement reached on unified High Carbon Stocks method

Bangkok: Major palm oil producers and environmental NGOs announced today their agreement on a method to decide which forests must be conserved for companies to uphold their ‘no deforestation’ commitments. Forest Peoples Programme, which has been engaging closely in the process (links), welcomed the outcome.

Communities make their voices heard in palm oil discussions

Communities in Liberia have spoken to palm oil sector representatives about ongoing land tenure issues and participation of peoples in future plans for their customary lands.

Sixteen representatives from across Liberia attended the 2nd Annual Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA) National Dialogue to talk about the future of both their lands and large-scale agricultural developments in the country.

‘High Carbon Stocks Forests’: challenges in implementation

In response to consumer pressure to eliminate deforestation from products on supermarket shelves, corporations have been making numerous ‘Zero Deforestation’ pledges, often accompanied by ‘Zero Exploitation’ commitments. These companies seek to ensure that products in their ‘supply chains’ do not ‘embody deforestation’ and are not linked to land grabs and abuse of human and labour rights. These commitments are welcome but raise numerous questions: what do they require in practice and how can companies’ performance be verified?

« Forêts très denses en carbone » : difficultés de mise en œuvre

En réponse à des pressions des consommateurs pour éliminer la déforestation des produits en vente sur les étalages des supermarchés, des entreprises font de nombreuses promesses de « déforestation zéro », souvent accompagnées d’engagements d’« exploitation zéro ». Ces entreprises cherchent à garantir que les produits qui entrent dans leurs « chaînes d’approvisionnement » « n’incarnent pas la déforestation » et ne sont pas associés à des accaparements de terres et à des violations des droits humains et des droits du travail. Ces engagements sont bienvenus mais soulèvent de nombreuses questions : qu'exigent-ils dans la pratique et comment la performance des entreprises peut-elle être vérifiée ?