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How fintech can help banks tackle deforestation

Photo by Luciana Gallardo Lomeli/WRI By Luiz Amaral Banks are in the business of managing risk. Loan money to a bad payer and you may suffer big financial losses. Let laundered or illicit money pass through your bank and you could incur fines and regulatory punishments. The success of banking and financial institutions depends on […]

3 Surprising Ways Water Depends on Healthy Forests

Deforestation in the Amazon can affect rainfall in places as far away as Texas. Photo by Katja Schulz/Flickr By Katie Fletcher and Todd Gartner Healthy forests are critical to providing clean water. Forests can positively impact the quantity, quality and filtration costs associated with a city’s water, sometimes even reducing the need for costly concrete and steel infrastructure. […]

INSIDER: Protecting Forests with an Unexpected Legal Tool: Freedom of Information Laws

This photo is from an investigative report from Rainforest Action Network that found wood fiber linked to the clearing and conversion of Indonesia’s rainforests in the paper of some of America’s favorite children’s books. Rainforest Action Network/Flickr By Jessica Webb, Carole Excell and Rachael Petersen Every year the world loses 13 million hectares (32 million acres) of forests, […]

For Companies Aiming for Deforestation-Free Supply Chains, 8 Traps to Avoid

Trucks carry bundles of fruit to be processed into oil palm in Sumatra, Indonesia. Credit: WRI (original image here). Big brands, retailers and agribusiness companies the world over have promised to make their supply chains deforestation-free. But will these voluntary commitments save forests and help people living in them? That depends on how companies measure […]

Save the forests? There will soon be an app for that

By Luiz Amaral and Andrew Steer The world has never seen such political momentum to protect our planet’s forests. Around the world, 366 companies, worth $2.9 trillion, have committed to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, according to the organization Supply Change. Groups such as the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, the Consumer Goods Forum and […]

Partnership Launches to Increase Transparency and Traceability Across Supply Chains and Meet Zero-Deforestation Commitments

Read the full concept note. On January 19 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 20 of the world’s largest commodity producers, traders, manufacturers, consultants and retailers launched a new partnership with research institutions and banks to monitor deforestation and manage sustainability from farm to customer. The partnership, led by the GFW team (see the […]

Technical Blog: Soy Data for Brazil’s Cerrado

By Sarah Sargent and Ryan Sarsfield Taken by Paulo Q Maia (Flickr). License information here. Global Forest Watch (GFW) Commodities recently released new data and analysis for soybean production in Brazil’s Cerrado biome, a mix of forest and savannah rich with biodiversity and carbon. These data show users the spatial extent of soy production and how […]

Companies Can Find Deforestation-Free Soy in Brazil’s Cerrado, Thanks to New Data

By Ryan Sarsfield Cerrado Parque Estadual dos Pirineus by Jonathan Wilkins via Wikimedia. The photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Just ten years ago, Brazilian soy’s reputation was at an all-time low for its links to deforestation in the Amazon. The industry, environmental NGOs and the Brazilian government reacted swiftly to establish […]

Map of the Week: Tracking Logging Roads in the Congo Basin

By Sofia Soto Reyes Western Lowland Gorilla (in captivity). Source: Heather Paul (Flickr). License available here. Located in western equatorial Africa is a vast expanse of green that blankets six Congo Basin countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo. Second only to the Amazon rainforest […]