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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 commit to halving deforestation by 2020 and stop it by 2030, while at the same time achieving ambitious reforestation and forest restoration targets. The critical mass of forest nations, global agricultural commodity companies and consumer goods companies that got behind these goals was unprecedented. In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim of eradicating poverty and creating sustainable development opportunities by 2030. Conserving and restoring forests feature prominently in the SDGs, and are an integral part of the climate and development agendas. And then the Paris Agreement was signed in December 2015, bringing a critical framework for progress and further momentum to climate action, with a special emphasis on the role that forests can play in meeting the goal of containing climate change below 1.5-2°C.

The focus now must shift from translating commitments into concrete initiatives that engage governments, and producer and consumer companies to remove deforestation from the supply chain and usher in a different, and better, paradigm for forest protection. It is in this context, the first Annual Report of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020), which provides an opportunity to reflect back on TFA 2020 progress in the short time since the Alliance’s secretariat was established, but especially to assist the discussions on the strategic context and mission of TFA 2020.

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