National roadmaps for deforestation-free commodity commitments
As agricultural commodity production increasingly threatens important forest eco-systems, many commitments have been made by governments and companies. But progress in achieving the goals set out in these commitments has been slow and uneven. Starting in the Amazon eco-region, through the Commitment to Action initiative, participating countries will bring together the public and private sectors, with civil society. The goal is to define a national roadmap. This highlights initiatives underway and further actions needed to fulfill their commitments. Roadmaps will be presented at the UNFCCC COP-24, providing a platform for a wide range of partner organizations to showcase their work in the Amazon supporting deforestation-free commodities.
UNDP’s new flagship initiative, From Commitment to Action, is now rolling out in Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. It supports countries accelerating a reduction in deforestation from agricultural commodities in key forest eco-regions of the world.
At the centre of the project is a roadmap for each country highlighting actions planned, and further actions needed, to fulfill the commitments made by governments and companies to reduce deforestation from commodities. In some cases, progress in acting on these commitments has been slow and uneven.
The expansion of commodity production, including timber, soy, beef, palm, coffee and cacao, has been a leading driver of deforestation in many of the world’s remaining major forests, causing a loss of valuable carbon sinks and other important services, like clean air and water, and livelihoods for forest-dependent peoples.
Phase 1 of FC2A is building on UNDP’s role as a trusted development partner through the UNDP regional and country offices in the three countries. Multistakeholder collaboration is bringing together public and private sectors, with civil society, to define the roadmap. National and Sub-National Dialogues are the key events on the way to the roadmap, which are:
1. Taking stock of existing commitments by government and the private sector (domestic and international) to reduce deforestation from commodity production in the country
2. Identifying policies, actions or lack of action by public or private sectors, that are enabling continued expansion of commodity “footprints” into primary and secondary rainforest
3. Considering the initiatives already planned and budgeted for, to meet the commitments, and highlight gaps where additional policies, actions and spending are required
Following the Dialogues, the FC2A initiative will produce a roadmap outlining the key set of public and private sector actions through which the country will work towards its commitments. The agreed roadmap will be announced publicly through a United Nations forum with representation from the government, private sector, civil society and financial/technical partners.
The initiative launched its in-country activities in early 2019: in Peru, a series of workshops with different sectors culminated in the first Multi Stakeholder National Dialogue on March 26th, the first step to setting up a National Public-Private coalition for deforestation free commodities. The team in Colombia has been working closely with the Tropical Forest Alliance in the lead up to the TFA Global meeting in May, a key opportunity present the insights from the FC2A analysis, with concrete recommendations for accelerating action. In Ecuador, FC2A is complementing the ProAmazonia work to analyse the factors needed to ensure a transition to sustainable production systems for commodities. All teams will be present at the forthcoming Good Growth Conference in Peru to share their expertise and key lessons to share with others working on deforestation free production of commodities.
For more information contact Christina Archer at UNDP Green Commodities Programme: [email protected]