Sustainable production, forest protection and social inclusion

IDH brings together businesses, governments, farmers, communities and civil society to build sustainable governance models in tropical sourcing areas, or landscapes. Through our PPI approach, we create areas where agricultural products are grown sustainably (Production), forests and natural resources are safeguarded (Protection), and communities thrive (Inclusion). Scroll down to see our landscapes or download our Landscape Approaches Brochure.

We apply the PPI approach in 20 landscapes in 12 countries

The Urgency of Action to Tackle Tropical Deforestation

Protecting forests and fostering sustainable agriculture

In the face of the rapidly growing threats of climate change, reducing deforestation stands as a crucial mitigation-step in the battle to preserve our planet. Forests store massive amounts of carbon, provide numerous ecosystem services, and are among the most biodiverse biomes on earth. Despite their value, forests, and especially tropical rainforests, are under siege by human activity. Enormous areas of tropical forest – the equivalent of the landmass of the United Kingdom – are lost every year, and commodity demand in Europe is a significant contributor.

In this first-of-its-kind report, we present an overview of the current situation of deforestation, the drivers behind the loss of forest in tropical countries, the best present-day mitigation efforts, and future strategies to save our forests

Click here to download the full report

Sustainable Palm Oil Landscapes

The global expansion of the palm oil sector is associated with significant sustainability challenges such as changes to land use and greenhouse gas emissions which raises tensions between exporting and importing countries. The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and Solidaridad believe there is a solution. Together, they have designed a new way to enable palm oil producing countries to notably contribute the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. With support from the Government of the Netherlands, three National Initiatives for Sustainable Climate Smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS) have been set-up in cooperation with the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Nigeria.


Title Type Year Regions TAF
Terms of Reference – Baseline scenario for greenhouse gas emission in coffee-based districts in Central Highlands Terms of Reference 2021 Asia Landscapes Program
Cartilha Queimadas 2021 – CAT Sorriso Brochure 2021 Latin American Landscapes Program
IDH 2020 Annual Report: Sustainable Business Models Delivering Impact Annual Report 2021 - -
&Green investment in Marfrig for zero-deforestation livestock chain Case Study 2021 Latin American &Green, Landscapes Program
Call for Proposal – Development of palm oil strategy for Asia Terms of Reference 2021 - -
SourceUp Brochure 2021 Brochure 2021 - -

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