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Farmland

Farmland markets have become prominent drivers of deforestation, especially in Latin America. In areas of agribusiness expansion, farmland acquisitions precede deforestation and native vegetation conversion. A number of actors purchase forested land and subsequently convert it for agricultural production. The higher prices of farmlands compared with forest land has created an economic incentive for deforestation, especially in expansion frontiers of agricultural production such as the Matopiba region of Cerrado biome in Brazil. Aidenvironment’s projects has increased awareness of this often-overlooked deforestation driver. Our sustainability analysis and engagement with companies, investors and stakeholders have contributed to growing zero-deforestation commitments in the farmland sector.

Chain Reaction Research

Commodities: palm oil, soy, cattle, farmland investments
Geography: Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil
Target Audience: financial institutions, asset managers, investors, banks, financial regulators, companies
Date: 2014 to present

In 2014, Aidenvironment with its partners Profundo, Climate Advisers, and Green Century launched Chain Reaction Research (CRR), a program that educates financial sector actors on deforestation as a material financial risk, with a goal to motivate them to integrate sustainability in their investment criteria and demand deforestation-free production from portfolio companies. CRR makes use of a proprietary framework that includes extensive deforestation and supply chain monitoring systems, as well as a model to identify and quantify the business and financial risks associated with deforestation.

Corporate Transformation in Indonesia’s Pulp & Paper Sector

Commodities: pulp & paper
Geography: Indonesia
Target Audience: companies, NGOs, media, financial sector
Date: 2020 to present

On 1 September 2020, Aidenvironment launched a new project entitled “Corporate Transformation in Indonesia’s Pulp and Paper Sector.” The two-year project, funded by the Good Energies Foundation, aims to stimulate the sustainable transformation of key pulp and paper companies through monitoring, research, and engagement. Aidenvironment aims to reduce deforestation by influencing the practices of key corporate stakeholders in the pulp and paper supply chain and promoting market-based incentives for forest-positive production, trade, and consumption. Project activities include:

– creating near real-time transparency on deforestation, corporate ownership and supply chain relations;
– introducing business risk concepts to enhance strategic engagement with influential stakeholders;
– urging cross-commodity implementation of palm oil traders’ NDPE policies;
– developing and implementing influencing strategies targeting key pulp and paper companies.