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Webinar on How Public-Private Partnerships Can Support Deforestation-Free Supply Chains

Monday, May 09, 2016

The Innovation Forum, Winrock International, Climate Focus and Meridian Institute hosted a complimentary webinar, “Partnering for results: how can public-private partnerships support deforestation-free supply chains?” on Monday, May 9, 2016.

On the webinar, participants discussed some key areas of cooperation that can help companies achieve their sustainability goals and lower emissions from land use, as recently identified in Winrock International’s report "Partnering for Results: Public-Private Collaboration on Deforestation Free Supply Chains". The report is available for download here: https://www.winrock.org/resources/partnering-for-results.

Adopting corporate commitments to deforestation-free supply chains is a lot easier than achieving them. Hence, many governments are joining efforts, and involving companies, to formulate and support new policies and measures that can reduce carbon emissions from forest loss.

Their webinar speakers from various sectors will share their perspectives on and experiences of public-private collaboration that aims to reduce deforestation from agricultural commodity supply chains.

We addressed such questions as: 

  • How can the private sector benefit from government efforts to reduce deforestation, and vice versa? 
  • What public-private partnerships, programs and initiatives are underway, that have the aim of reducing or removing deforestation from commodity supply chains? 
  • What commitments have been made by companies to source commodities from certified jurisdictions? 
  • What is the transformative potential for the COP21 Paris agreement from December 2015? 
  • How can commitments of the private sector to zero deforestation be operationalised? 
  • What are the implications of COP21 for commodity producing, trading and purchasing companies?

Speakers were: 

  • Christine Dragisic, team lead, REDD+ and land sector, US Department of State 
  • Jonathan Horrell, director of sustainability, Mondelez International 
  • Charlotte Streck, co-founder and director, Climate Focus 
  • Sarah Walker, program director, ecosystem services, Winrock International

Moderator: Ian Welsh, publishing director, Innovation Forum