Tropical Forest Alliance 2020
Preserving and restoring forests is critical to averting the most dangerous climate change and achieving global goals. According to the latest IPCC report, about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are tied to deforestation; with up to 20% of all the abatement potential identified in the land-use sector. Forests are also extremely important to food security, water security and livelihoods, so that conserving and restoring forests feature prominently in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved in 2015 by the United Nations.
Deforestation-free supply chains are critical to low emission development. With the world’s population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050, it is estimated that 70% more food calories will be needed, while demand for wood products will also continue to increase. Over the past decades, meeting the rising demand for food and consumer goods has often come at the expense of forests, making commercial agriculture the main driver of tropical deforestation.
Over the last few years this issue has generated an unprecedented level of commitment from nations, companies, indigenous people and other organizations to stop commodity-driven deforestation, while at the same time achieving ambitious reforestation and forest restoration targets. The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 was developed to help achieve these commitments through dedicated public-private collaborations.