Zero Deforestation Agreement

Extensive monitoring of the entire supply chain could prevent deforestation throughout the supply area. Colombian companies will align their individual goals with this national commitment to eliminate deforestation in the palm oil supply chain. Joel Brounen, Country Director of Solidaridad, said: “This commitment to zero deforestation is in line with the new milestones for 2020 recently agreed by the Palm Oil Sustainable Business Platform.” From a supply chain perspective, CAR is an effective tool to increase transparency of practices at the ranch level. This will enable an unprecedented level of understanding of deforestation patterns and land use dynamics in the beef, leather and talla supply chains. While this progress will strongly support companies that actively engage in responsible sourcing, it will expose companies that have not acted appropriately to exclude pastoralists involved in deforestation and illegal activities from their supply chains. The results of the model developed in this study show that intensification increases net worth (NPV) to R$1,940 per hectare (compared to R$463/ha of conventional cattle farming) and significantly reduces the risk of loss from 99% to 15%. These results confirm the economic viability of the production activity and increased competitiveness compared to other land uses. In addition to the positive impact on natural resources, it is also possible to increase production and income without the need for further deforestation. The agreement also provides for the creation of a consumer awareness strategy and the development of a zero deforestation label for the beef and dairy sectors. From this example, we do not see on average any effect of the agreements.

To develop collaborative solutions and improve verified zero deforestation cattle production, supply chain actors should participate in the GRSB-GTPS Joint Working Group on Forests (GTM). The GTM is a technical working group of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB) and the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock (GTPS) that focuses on engagement and collaboration to address forest-related issues in livestock supply chains. Commitments to verify zero deforestation of cattle production throughout the supply chain help preserve forests, protecting valuable ecosystem services and the benefits they provide. The agreements highlight the importance of scaling up effective strategies to restore and rehabilitate agroecosystems while increasing farmers` productivity. The avoided impacts of deforestation on properties registered early in the Environmental Registry (RCA) are undermined by those who register later. Solidaridad has supported the implementation and monitoring of similar sectoral agreements in Colombia, including palm oil. Solidaridad is currently a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock in Colombia and supports the working group of companies in the industry. In 2010, the Brazilian government made it mandatory for all rural properties to be mapped and registered in a database known as CAR (Cadastro Ambiental Rural).

The CAR database contains geodata on property boundaries as well as environmental information on rural agricultural production. This database is intended to be a strategic tool for monitoring, monitoring and reducing deforestation in Brazil. Registration in the car is also used by financial institutions as a criterion when checking the creditworthiness of public and private agricultural loans. One of the most important elements of the Forest Act is the designation of statutory reserves (LR), which set the minimum area (as a percentage of land) that must be preserved as primary forest vegetation […].

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