4. Supporting the implementation of innovative forest- friendly sourcing policies
In Côte d’Ivoire, a comprehensive field assessment of a supply chain of a major multinational cocoa buyer included mapping forest and land-use in a pilot source area, assessing gaps in supply- chain traceability, reviewing improved farming practices and examining the feasibility of payments for environmental services for smallholders.
The assessment showed that the supply chains of even the most responsible cocoa buyers are significantly exposed to the risk of deforestation and, most notably, illegal deforestation. Buyers are currently not equipped to address the risk, in particular because of gaps and deficiencies in traceability systems.
The assessment deepened understanding of how deforestation-free policies might be implemented in complex supply chains dominated by loosely-organised smallholders.
The Facility and Côte d’Ivoire’s national REDD+ unit are developing tools for supply-chain actors willing to implement a deforestation-free sourcing policy in this context. An analysis of international and domestic public investments in the land-use sectors, provided important insights related to the opportunity of greening agricultural finance and increasing resources for forest protection in Côte d’Ivoire, in support of the development of the REDD+ investment plan. In parallel, the Facility supported the national REDD+ unit in negotiating a deforestation-free pilot programme with another chocolate company that is a key player in Côte d’Ivoire and globally.
In late 2016, the Facility worked with the national REDD+ unit to set up and train an independent body, the first of its kind in Côte d’Ivoire, to manage the payments for environmental services scheme in pilot areas as part of the implementation of the REDD+ Strategy and the Côte d’Ivoire Forest Investment Programme.
5. Improving transparency on deforestation risks related to commodity production and sourcing
The Facility is a partner in developing Trase (Transparency for Sustainable Economies), an online public platform that aims to improve the transparency, clarity and accessibility of information relating to the commodity supply chains that drive tropical deforestation. Trase is led by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Global Canopy Programme (GCP).
The Facility works with Trase to tailor the platform to the needs of government, trade and customs authorities for monitoring the risks and opportunities in commodity production and trade, and to link such information to FLEGT and REDD+ monitoring systems. Our support focused on developing the Trase strategy, the online platform, initial case studies and stakeholder engagement.
The platform was launched at COP22, featuring case studies on Brazilian soy and timber exports. Also at COP22, the Facility organised a side event in collaboration with the European Commission on the potential offered such on transparency platforms for promoting deforestation-free trade.