Tackling deforestation through sustainable land use and agricultural commodity production

The EU imports and consumes more than a third of internationally traded crops and livestock products associated with deforestation in tropical countries, and therefore with the continued widespread destruction of world’s forests.

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

Key take aways

  • The Facility is developing ways of demonstrating progress towards the sustainable production of agricultural commodities at subnational level. This idea is that this could create incentives to sustainable production models and help smallholder farmers to gain market visibility.
  • The Facility worked with the multinational chocolate manufacturer Mondelez to assess the economic viability of agroforestry practises for smallholders in Côte d’Ivoire, and find ways how ambitious commitments by multinationals to end the deforestation associated with cocoa production can be implemented.
  • 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, such as the 1 for 20 Partnership with UN Environment, Inobu, Transparency for Sustainable Economies (Trase), Climate Policy Initiative or Mondelez.