National roadmaps for deforestation-free commodity commitments
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.
FC2A works to support countries in accelerating a reduction in deforestation from agricultural commodities in key forest eco-regions of the world in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. At the centre of the project is the development of 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.
Phase 1 of FC2A is building on UNDP’s role as a trusted development partner through the UNDP regional and Country Offices in these three countries. Through GCP’s motto, Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration for Systemic Change, FC2A is bringing together public and private sectors, with civil society, to define these roadmaps.
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 for each country outlining the key set of public and private sector actions through which the country will work towards its commitments.
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.
For more information, please contact Christina Archer, Senior Partnerships Advisor, at [email protected].