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Keeping an Eye on Cocoa: Satellite Monitoring Provides Key Support on No Deforestation Commitments

Ever wonder where the chocolate in your candy bar came from? With 70 percent of the world’s cocoa produced by Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, chances are your midnight snack started out as a seed pod growing on a cocoa farm in West Africa.   Chocolate is made by fermenting and drying the seeds of the cocoa pod. Photo by Caroline Winchester/WRI. West […]

Using Maps, This Community Fought a logging Company and Won

The air is filled with the distinctive smell of burned wood in the tiny village of Sabue, tucked away in the crescent of the foothills of the Caucasus mountains. Misho Keinoshvili and his father chop wood for the wood burner to heat their house, while the sound of running water from the outside sink murmurs […]

Getting at the Source: Universal Mill List Improves Traceability of Palm Oil Supply Chains

Despite the increasing number of corporate commitments to zero-deforestation, tracing products back to their sources still proves an obstacle to determining whether or not companies have met their sustainability goals. Palm oil supply chains are large and complex and achieving traceability to farm level can be a time and resource-intensive undertaking. A major consumer goods manufacturer might buy from a dozen or more direct […]

Tracking Deforestation in DRC's Forest Concessions Is Complicated

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) contains more than half of the remaining Congo Basin rainforest, the second-largest tropical forest on Earth. These forests are increasingly threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture and logging for timber, charcoal and fuelwood. While most logging is carried out by small or medium-sized operators, industrial forest concessions cover 7 percent of […]

As More Companies Go “Deforestation-Free,” What Does It Mean for Heavily Forested Nations?

By Rod Taylor Young oil palm trees at the Olam plantation nursery in Gabon. Photo by The Forests Dialogue We travelled by bus from Libreville into the heart of Gabon, one of the world’s most forested countries. Near the road, most forests had been cut back, leaving a mix of gardens, dwellings and patchy regrowth, while […]

Closing Data Gaps to Eliminate Deforestation and Land Disputes from Beef Supply Chains in Paraguay

By  Peter Veit and Ryan Sarsfield Cows in the Paraguayan Chaco. Flickr/Arcadius. In the last 15 years, Paraguay lost a greater share of its forest than almost any other country on Earth. While soy farming once drove deforestation in the east, the focus of Paraguay’s forest loss has since moved west to the low-lying, thorn-forested Chaco, where cattle ranching has […]

Balancing Development and Forest Protection in Papua

By Josefhine Chitra, Arief Wijaya and Rizky Firmansyah Contrast between oil palm plantation and the forest, Papua, Indonesia. Photo by Agus Andrianto/CIFOR. As part of the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia faces a unique challenge in achieving equitable development across its 16,000 islands. Despite strong overall economic growth, development is still concentrated in the western parts of […]

Land and social (in)justice in South Sumatra

By Dean Affandi, Adi Pradana, Gita Syahrani and Novita Liangga Kumala This article is part of a series of blog posts examining the One Map Initiative at the local level. This post focuses on a conflict between a palm oil company and a small community in South Sumatra. See below for related blogs on land-related conflicts involving other stakeholders and […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Tackling Deforestation Through Transparency

WRI recently published a study that looked at transparency around data on land concessions in 14 forested countries. This infographic shows the key findings of the study and recommendations for how countries can improve access to their concessions data to help curtail deforestation. Download PDF. Also available in French and Spanish. Read the blog here: Protecting […]