Fostering supply chain transparency to value partner countries’ efforts in transitioning to legal, deforestation-free and sustainable land-use and commodity production
The upcoming EU regulation on deforestation-free products and emerging partnership approaches with commodity-producing countries have further increased the relevance of the EU REDD Facility’s transparency work to promote legal, deforestation-free and sustainable commodity production. In 2022, the Facility’s Transparency Pathway helped structure engagement on supply chain transparency with Côte d’Ivoire, Vietnam, the Republic of the Congo, Colombia and Ecuador. In Côte d’Ivoire, work focused on the creation of a beta platform monitoring jurisdictional sustainability, building on the Facility’s previous experience with Terpercaya in Indonesia. This flexible beta version can accommodate feedback from the Planning Ministry and other stakeholders’ ongoing discussions in Côte d’Ivoire. It can also be adapted to other country contexts, such as in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, where Facility approaches are being implemented to support provincial government’s efforts to promote legal, sustainable and deforestation-free coffee production.
These tools and related multistakeholder approaches allow partner country authorities to monitor policy implementation and inform risk assessment by market operators. The Terpercaya approach was also piloted in the Republic of the Congo, with a workshop in March 2022 launching the work for three jurisdictions at departmental level to monitor the sustainability of palm oil production and development. However, the implementation was discontinued due to the sunsetting of the Facility at the end of 2023. In Colombia and Ecuador, our support aimed to assist the development and implementation of information systems on the sustainability of the countries’ cocoa supply chains, in light of the upcoming EU regulation on deforestation-free products.
In Indonesia, we initiated the design, facilitation and implementation of a jurisdictional approach to sustainable palm oil with the district government in Banyuasin, South Sumatra, and WRI. The entry point is the inclusive and transparent development of a subnational action plan and a related integrated monitoring framework to track the district’s progress towards sustainablity. Innovative sustainability approaches developed by the Facility and WRI Indonesia are being piloted. They aim to build a shared vision and plan among stakeholders, develop an integrated monitoring framework to incentivise implementation of the action plan, and generate lessons to inform future partnership approaches in Indonesia and beyond.
Providing technical support to the European Commission, we participated in the EU- Brazil Beef and Leather Value Chain Dialogues, highlighting possible traceability solutions, and developed preparedness checks for the cocoa and timber sectors in Ecuador and DRC respectively. Beyond the EU, we also provided inputs to the working group of the OECD FAO Practical Business Tool on Deforestation, Forest Degradation and Due Diligence in Agricultural Supply Chains. Our long-term partnership with Trase informed contributions to these processes and underpinned a series of Transparency Pathway Insights, including on the assessment of the legality of deforestation using spatial data.