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Ensuring Deforestation-free Supply Chains

Forest degradation and emissions from deforestation are key challenges for sustainable green growth. Ensuring a deforestation-free supply chain is therefore paramount. To this end a range of public and private actors - WRI, Google, UNEP, Imazon, NASA, University of Maryland and partners - have developed a new forest monitoring system, the Global Forest Watch 2.0. The vision shared by 3GF’s PPP partners is to use technology to ensure effective, scalable green growth based on supply chains that are deforestation-free.


The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) is a public-private partnership with the goal of reducing the tropical deforestation associated with key global commodities, such as soy, beef, palm oil, and pulp and paper.

Global Forest Watch 2.0 is a tool developed by a range of public and private partners to mobilize faster, more effective forest conservation and sustainable forest management. Companies, including Unilever and Nestlé, are applying the system to ensure their supply chains do not include deforestation, as well as identify and address related risks among their suppliers in a timely fashion.

Session at 3GF2013

3GF 2013 featured a PPP session on Ensuring a Deforestation-free Supply Chain. The aim of the session was to announce key corporate commitments on deforestation free commodity production and supplies. Additionally it demonstrated how Global Forest Watch 2.0 can be used by Unilever and others to monitor and manage supply chains for palm oil and other commodities to ensure they are deforestation free. Moreover, the session worked to inspire other companies to join as users and partners with TFA 2020 and Global Forest Watch 2.0 and discussed the wider implications of how improved technology and public private partnerships can help in expanding efforts to green supply chains.

During the session there was a real-time, live demonstration of Global Forest Watch 2.0 including the application to a specific supply chain monitoring challenge. Additionally, Unilever and Nestlé described the significance of the PPP and how it is helping them to address specific challenges.


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PPP contact person: Nigel Sizer, World Resources Institute (

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Ensuring Deforestation-free Supply Chains