• 28 Sep 2022

    Here’s how the EU’s new rules could finally turn the tide on tropical forest loss

    If the EU works with producer countries and commodity companies to implement deforestation-free rules, the results could be transformative. Matthew Spencer – Global Director, Landscapes at IDH  This…

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    Here’s how the EU’s new rules could finally turn the tide on tropical forest loss
  • 22 Apr 2022

    How Collective Action Can Transform Landscapes To Forest Positive 

    As the world marks Earth Day, the Forest Positive Coalition and IDH -The Sustainable Trade Initiative, share five elements of success for landscape-level programs working to restore and protect forests. 

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    How Collective Action Can Transform Landscapes To Forest Positive 
  • EU regulation on deforestation-free products

    6 Apr 2022

    Turning Europe’s good intentions into effective action to stop deforestation

    It is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and the same is true when it comes to international efforts to halt deforestation. This week, the IPCC released its Sixth Assessment Report, once again highlighting the key role of forest protection in mitigating climate change and adapting to its impacts. Despite decades of such advice and well-meaning policy, we’re still losing our remaining forests at an alarming rate.

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    Turning Europe’s good intentions into effective action to stop deforestation
  • Carrefour Brazil Group and IDH Brazil achieve the “impossible”: 100% traceable beef

    The Carrefour Group Brazil, the Carrefour Foundation and IDH - The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) announced that the first batch of 100% deforestation-free beef traced from birth to shelf is now available in Brazil at an affordable price. Consumers will be able to access information through a QR Code stamped on the product's label.

    Carrefour Brazil Group and IDH Brazil achieve the “impossible”: 100% traceable beef
  • Merging the social and environmental agendas – Blog

    Recently, several court cases have kept a lot of minds in our sectors busy. They show how strongly society is involved in the transformation and the necessity of creating positive…

    Merging the social and environmental agendas – Blog
  • Why forest-based carbon trading is poised to go mainstream

    Ten years after it dropped off the sustainability radar, voluntary forest-based carbon trading is finally poised to get off the ground for real. We believe it can have a key role in safeguarding the future of our planet.

    Why forest-based carbon trading is poised to go mainstream
  • Unilever joins IDH coalition in backing Aceh Tamiang in its bid to become a sustainability leader

    Unilever and IDH have committed a combined investment of over 1.5 million euros to support the district of Aceh Tamiang in its goal to become one of the greenest commodity-producing regions in Indonesia. Last year, stakeholders from Aceh Tamiang established a production, protection and inclusion (PPI) compact. The compact’s three-year program will increase forest protection and reforestation, improve monitoring, support smallholder farmers to increase its sustainable palm oil productivity by 30 percent, and finally to protect an area within the Leuser Ecosystem.

    Unilever joins IDH coalition in backing Aceh Tamiang in its bid to become a sustainability leader
  • Understanding sustainable tropical wood products through data

    With COVID-19 crippling economies and trade across the globe, it has never been more important to halt illegal deforestation and fuel the growth of sustainable tropical timber. This is a…

    Understanding sustainable tropical wood products through data
  • Dutch Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (DISCO) launched

    Committing the Netherlands which accounts for approximately 20-25% of cocoa traded globally to enable cocoa farming families to earn a Living Income, end cocoa related deforestation and forest degradation and…

    Dutch Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (DISCO) launched
  • Latest data shows 86% of palm oil imported to Europe sustainable

    The latest data report published by EPOA and IDH is showing that, in 2019, some 86% of European palm oil imports was sustainable. Highlighting progress in the work towards…

    Latest data shows 86% of palm oil imported to Europe sustainable
  • Redoubling the efforts for a sustainable soy industry

    Our latest European Soy Monitor demonstrates the beginning of progress. Looking at soybean meal consumption in 2018 in Europe, 38% is FEFAC SSG compliant and 19% deforestation-free, the start of…

    Redoubling the efforts for a sustainable soy industry
  • Four ways to save tropical forests and safeguard our future

    Governments and companies have set targets to halt deforestation, but commitments and targets only begin to have impact when followed up by the right actions. Accelerated ambition could contribute to tackling deforestation and climate change and improve people’s food security and quality of life. By making every link on the value chain accountable, we can prioritize sustainable sourcing, conserve tropical forests and protect ourselves. 

    Four ways to save tropical forests and safeguard our future
  • IDH and CAT invest in responsible soy production in the Sorriso area, Mato Grosso (Brazil)

    The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and the Clube Amigos da Terra (CAT) today launched a €1.7m pilot project, which is the first pilot project of IDH’s ambitious landscape program in Sorriso (Brazil). The activities aim to promote responsible soy production, foster the restoration and regeneration of degraded areas and offer technical assistance to small-scale farmers.

    IDH and CAT invest in responsible soy production in the Sorriso area, Mato Grosso (Brazil)
  • Hidden CO2 emissions: Europe’s imported responsibility

    A new report reveals that Europe’s biggest importers are responsible for 40% more agricultural emissions than current calculations suggest.  Europe’s near insatiable demand for commodities such as beef, soy, palm…

    Hidden CO2 emissions: Europe’s imported responsibility
  • Taking stock to halt the relentless destruction of tropical forests

    Halting tropical deforestation has never been more urgent. Threatened by voracious appetites for land for agriculture, tropical forests have been disappearing at an alarming rate. From 2010 to 2015 approximately…

    Taking stock to halt the relentless destruction of tropical forests

The need for action has never been greater, the data show that deforestation has been relentless in the past decade

With the release of our Urgency of Action Report to Tackle Tropical Deforestation linked to commodity production, 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.

Read the report