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New York Declaration on Forest: Goal 2 Assessment 2016

In September 2014, the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) outlined 10 goals that provide endorsers—including countries, subnational governments, companies, indigenous groups, and NGOs— with ambitious global targets to protect forests and end natural forest loss by 2030. In 2015, the first edition of the NYDF Progress Assessment proposed a framework and respective indicators for measuring progress toward all 10 goals and offered an initial assessment on the status of progress toward achieving them. The assessment is supported by a broad coalition of civil society and research organizations that annually publishes progress updates. In addition to summarizing new data and findings around the established indicators, the Progress Assessment also provides an in-depth analysis of a selected goal.

This year’s focus report is dedicated to Goal 2 on eliminating deforestation from agricultural commodity supply chains. The NYDF Assessment Coalition has developed a new framework that allows a comprehensive evaluation of supply-chain efforts taken by private and public actors, drawing on existing work and data from all partner organizations and filling in data gaps through company interviews.

GOAL 2: Support and help meet the private-sector goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agricultural commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper, and beef products by no later than 2020, recognizing that many companies have even more ambitious targets.

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