Tackling deforestation through sustainable land use and agricultural commodity production

Widespread destruction of the world’s forests continues. The main drivers of this deforestation – primarily in tropical regions – are demand for food, feed, biofuels, timber and other commodities.

This briefing presents some of the approaches and initiatives led by the EU REDD Facility to tackle deforestation in tropical countries.

Key messages

  • The Facility is developing ways of demonstrating progress towards the sustainable production of agricultural commodities at subnational level. The idea is creating incentives for the adoption of sustainable production models and help smallholder farmers gain market visibility.
  • The Facility worked with the multinational chocolate manufacturer Mondelēz to assess the economic viability of agroforestry practices for smallholders in Côte d’Ivoire, and find ways to implement multinationals’ ambitious commitments to end the deforestation associated with cocoa production.
  • Deploying the Land-use Finance Tool, Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment mapped and analysed planned public investments in land use in the Central Highlands region. This innovative research identified the main sources of finance and their spending patterns related to land and forests, and the contribution of public investment spending to supporting Vietnam’s National REDD+ Action Plan.

To develop those initiatives, the EU REDD Facility has collaborated with different partners including the 1 for 20 Partnership with UN Environment, Inobu, Transparency for Sustainable Economies (Trase), Climate Policy Initiative and Mondelēz.