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About the Forest team
Driving sustainable supply chains with actionable deforestation data

Context

Agricultural expansion drives rising emissions from deforestation

Agriculture and land-use change combined are the second highest contributor to climate change, responsible for 23% of GHG emissions globally. Further analysis estimates that food production is responsible for 26% of global GHG emissions. The biggest driver of deforestation is agricultural expansion, specifically for commodities palm oil, soy and other crops, cattle and wood products. These commodities foresee rising demand stimulated by mega trends such as population growth and an expanding middle class with increased need for commodities and products. As these commodities are predominantly established on carbon-rich forest and peatland, increased sustainability will result in decreased rates of deforestation, protected ecosystems, and a reduction in CO2 emissions.

Action

Enabling deforestation-free commodity supply chains through using actionable data

Our work is focused on deforestation and land use changes caused by large-scale agricultural expansion linked to agricultural commodities. We work with local and international NGOs, research institutions, financial and private sector actors to locate, analyse, document, and report on land use change and its climate impact. Aidenvironment’s programs are differentiated by actionable data intended to drive results. By increasing information access, we enable a wide range of actors to use their influence and resources to halt deforestation. Our success is defined by concrete results brought forth by our projects: corporate actors’ strengthened sustainability commitments and implementation, positive climate action by the financial sector, and NGO campaigns enabled by data.

Our Theory of Change

Aidenvironment Forest Team’s Theory of Change aims to reduce pressure on forests by influencing the business practices of key corporate actors that can create systemic shifts towards more sustainable food systems. Our envisioned pathways of change include engagement of financial and civil society stakeholders and direct engagement with key companies. The strategies underpinning these pathways of change are a multi-faceted basis of intelligence and specialized research and analytical frameworks for reporting. By providing actionable information that integrate geospatial and location data, real-time deforestation monitoring, corporate structure, ownership information and finance flows, Aidenvironment aims to enable companies and their stakeholder groups to advance deforestation-free commodity supply chains.

Results

Empowering companies and stakeholders with data is working

Aidenvironment’s approach has resulted in strengthened sustainability practices of transnational companies. Our projects in partnership with the Chain Reaction Research has contributed to over 15 financial institutions and financial regulators integrating sustainability and deforestation risk in their investment decisions. By providing increased access to actionable data, we have supported NGO campaigns, journalistic pieces and legal action that pressure positive climate action from companies

Partners

Aidenvironment is part of an ecosystem of actors working towards sustainable supply chains

Networks

Aidenvironment is a member of the CRR consortium with Profundo, Climate Advisers and Green Century Capital Management. The Rapid Response Deforestation Monitoring System, particularly reports on Brazil, is a joint project between Aidenvironment and Mighty Earth. 

Knowledge Partners

To increase the quality of our reporting with on-the-ground investigations and collaborations with local communities, we partner with Repórter Brasil, Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (REDE) and De Olho nos Ruralistas (Agribusiness Watch). Aidenvironment also collaborates with Trase (Stockholm Environment Institute & Global Canopy), the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP), Mapbiomas, and Rainforest Foundation Norway to align our strategies towards increased transparency in commodities sectors.

Networks & Coalitions

Aidenvironment is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and a committed endorser of the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA). We support and promote the application of the HCS approach in the implementation of “no deforestation” policies. We are also part of the CSO alliance KOALISI Clean Biofuel for All that campaigns for biofuel production with no negative impact on the environment and local communities. Our partners include Earth Equalizer, Lingkar Hijau, Agra, Padi, Sawit Watch, Linkar Borneo, JPIK and Elsam, among many others.

Supporters

Aidenvironment’s forest work has been funded by organisations such as David & Lucille Packard Foundation, Good Energies Foundation, Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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