Deforestation

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Deforestation accounts for 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. To put that into perspective: Every minute, tropical rainforest of the size of 50 football fields is destroyed.

Although deforestation remains a pressing issue, a growing number of companies recognize the imperative to halt deforestation and move toward responsible forest management. The articles on this page are the stories of these groups and individuals.

Asia Pulp and Paper, deforestation, social enterprise, managed forests, leon kaye, china

The Seedlings of Asia Pulp and Paper’s Zero-Deforestation Policy

A visit to some of APP’s facilities in China, where millions of tree seedlings are germinated each year, suggests that the $12 billion…
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Clearcutting the U.S. Open: Oakmont Cuts 15,000 Trees

No one wants to get called out. But in this case, you asked for it by repeatedly and unapologetically proclaiming on national TV…
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Agroforesty, Community Development Linchpins of APP’s Zero-Deforestation Policy

Asia Pulp and Paper is changing its tone and approach toward environmentalists and the media. 3p's Leon Kaye headed to China to learn…
Asia Pulp and Paper, China, paper, Greenpeace, sustainability, Leon Kaye, rainforests, Leon Kaye, Indonesia, supply chain

Asia Pulp and Paper Says Its Words About Sustainability Are Backed by Action

The evidence suggests that Asia Pulp and Paper, which ranks among the world’s largest pulp and paper companies and one that is important…
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Zero-Deforestation Commitments: What Do They Mean?

In a new report, the nonprofit organization Forests Trends analyzed more than 500 publicly-available corporate deforestation commitments. The ultimate question: Do these commitments…
Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, RSPO, World Resources Institute, Rainforest Action network, deforestation, human rights, Leon Kaye, supply chain, PepsiCo

Palm Oil’s Impact on People and the Planet Is Getting Worse, Say NGOs

The efforts of NGOs such as Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and the World Resources Institute demonstrate that the global palm oil industry has…
Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, IOI group, Unilever, RSPO, Leon Kaye, deforestation, malaysia

Suspended Palm Oil Producer Drops Lawsuit Against RSPO

Earlier this week, palm oil supplier IOI Group announced it will withdraw its lawsuit against the RSPO as more consumer brands broke ties…
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New Partnerships in Forest Ownership

There is real opportunity for conservation finance practitioners to partner with organizations seeking to establish community forests. These two groups share a similar…
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Pakistan Aims to Plant a Billion Trees in a Green ‘Tsunami’

A billion trees sounds like a lot, but the question is whether this is merely a political symbol or real action.
Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, Indonesia, Malaysia, deforestation, RSPO, Leon Kaye

Leading Palm Oil Producer Sues RSPO in Swiss Court

The Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group is suing the RSPO in a Zurich, Switzerland court, over what it says is an unfair…
Sustainable palm oil, soy, pulp and paper, beef, meat industry, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Union of Concerned Scientists, Leon Kaye, deforestation

The Four Commodities Driving Global Deforestation

The Union for Concerned Scientists suggests that four commodities, timber, soy, palm oil and beef, are responsible for the majority of deforestation worldwide.
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Unilever Severs Ties with Major Palm Oil Supplier

After an investigation concluded that Malaysia-based IOI Group, one of the largest suppliers of palm oil on the planet, was responsible for deforestation…
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Greenpeace Does What Government Hasn’t: Releases Map of Indonesia Forest Concessions

The map was no easy effort, with Greenpeace Indonesia staff digitizing paper maps and PDF files that they collected from numerous companies.
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New Mapping Tool Will Help Indonesia Track Forest Fires and Deforestation

Mapping both forest fires and deforestation is important, and Greenpeace Indonesia just launched a mapping tool that will do both.
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Greenpeace: Brands (Still) Not Doing Enough to Protect Indonesian Forests

Last year's horrendous Southeast Asian forest fires should have been a wake-up call to companies to ensure their supply chains were free of…