Partnering to produce deforestation-free commodities

Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is the global umbrella partnership that brings together governments, private sector, and civil society organisations to remove deforestation from palm oil, beef, soy, and pulp and paper.

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Tropical forests: can profit and protection go hand in hand?

There is a perception that sustainable land use and forest conservation come at the cost of economic prosperity. New research finds that this is not the case. Forests cover approximately […]

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TFA 2020 Annual Report 2015-16

The last two years have been important for forest and climate issues. The New York Declaration on Forests in 2014 saw some 180 nations, companies, indigenous people and other organizations […]

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What Paris Outcomes Mean for Forests

In 2016, outcomes from last year’s climate summit in Paris provide reasons to hope that we can save the world’s remaining tropical forests before it’s too late. Here are the […]

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Five reasons to be hopeful about stopping deforestation

We know that global demand for agricultural and forest commodities is soaring. Predictions suggest the world’s population will reach nine billion by 2050, and more people means more mouths to […]

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“The success of the action area on Forests relies on effective synergies between state and non-state actors, between investment and forest management — all together rallied behind sustainably managed forests as a common goal.”

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of the Environment of Peru

“It is only with bold commitments, leadership, cooperation and tenacity that it will be possible to safeguard the world’s forests…there can be no room for failure.”

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales

“There’s no climate change solution without forests. We need to move beyond the speeches and declarations to accelerated implementation; but for that we need to have the right incentives in place.”

Felipe Calderon, Former President of Mexico

“Halting tropical deforestation while restoring degraded forest and agricultural landscapes is essential. TFA2020, aided by the World Economic Forum’s strong record of convening diverse groups to help solve important problems, could become one of the most effective public-private partnerships striving towards this goal.”

Tine Sundtoft, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment

“Tackling deforestation will deliver huge benefits, including greater food security, improved livelihoods for millions of small farmers, more prosperous rural economies and above all, a more stable climate.”

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever

Governance

TFA 2020 is a global public-private partnership. Its governance serves the needs of partners from three sectors: business, government, and civil society. Specifically, TFA 2020 is committed to reducing tropical deforestation related to key global commodities by 2020, starting with soy, beef, palm oil, and paper and pulp. Its governance has this mission at its core.

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Tropical forests: can profit and protection go hand in hand?

There is a perception that sustainable land use and forest conservation come at the cost of economic prosperity. New research finds that this is not the case. Forests cover approximately […]

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How the Tolo River People of Colombia Harnessed Carbon Finance to Save Their Rainforest

Colombia’s Tolo River People collectively own 32,000 acres of rainforest, and that forest feeds the river on which they depend. But ownership means nothing if you can’t protect it. Four […]

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Q&A: Can palm oil ever be sustainable?

This article first appeared on the World Economic Forum Agenda.  Two of the world’s largest palm oil companies, Unilever and Wilmar, tell us how their commitments to ending deforestation are […]

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How can we make palm oil more sustainable?

This article is published in collaboration with [was first published by] the Thomson Reuters Foundation (trust.org).  Efforts to certify entire districts or provinces as producers of sustainable palm oil could be […]

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Indonesia’s forest fires: what you need to know

This article first appeared on the World Economic Forum Agenda.  A state of emergency has been declared in Indonesia, as forest fires once again rage across parts of the country. […]

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TFA Partners

Partners are the entities (institutions, organizations, companies, and governments) that commit to and support the goals and mission of TFA 2020.