Monitoring Deforestation in Brazil

Last January Aidenvironment began work on a new project funded by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI):
A Global Rapid-Response Deforestation Monitoring System. We will closely monitoring the implementation of corporate “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” (NDPE) policies and engage companies that do not yet have such policies to adopt them. On April 2019 the first report was produced and delivered to our partner in the project, Waxman Strategies.

The project uses a high-quality database system to integrate social, environmental, and economic data into existing alerts from deforestation monitoring systems and link these alerts to agri-commodity value chains around the world. The result is turning these deforestation alerts more actionable. Following two months of test runs, the new monitoring system is now up and running and producing monthly-based short reports describing the links between real-time deforestation alerts and agri-commodity value chains.

The project is currently focusing on Brazil and the first report was delivered to our partner, Waxman Strategies, in April 2019, detailing 12 cases connecting deforestation alerts in Bahia and Mato Grosso states to soy, cotton, and beef value chains. In this first phase of the project, the monthly reports will not be publicly available and are being used by Waxman Strategies to engage with companies possibly linked to the deforestation alerts. This engagement with stakeholders in agri-commodities value chains aims to transform their practices. The overall goal of the project is to show whether the implementation of zero deforestation commitments can be strengthened and if the implementation of these commitments is effectively contributing to reduce deforestation on the ground.

For more information, please contact Joana Faggin