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Tropical Forest Alliance 2020

External Project Site: www.tfa2020.org
Related: Agriculture and Food Systems, Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources

Meridian Institute serves as a process convener and strategic adviser to the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) Secretariat and partners. TFA 2020 is a global public–private partnership in which partners take voluntary actions—individually and in combination—to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, paper and pulp, soy, and beef.

Meridian is currently supporting TFA 2020 by convening organizations that monitor, assess, and report on companies' progress against their commitments to remove deforestation from their supply chains, with the goal of harmonizing the various approaches and increasing coordination.

From 2013 to 2015, Meridian Institute served as the TFA 2020 Interim Secretariat, until the long-term Secretariat was established at the World Economic Forum. Meridian Institute designed and facilitated TFA 2020’s first workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia, in June 2013, which addressed the promotion of sustainability and productivity in the palm oil and paper and pulp sectors. From 2013 to 2016, Meridian supported TFA 2020 partners by facilitating partner interactions on global and regional activities in West and Central Africa, Indonesia, and Latin America. Currently, Meridian Institute is called upon for facilitation services related to these regional initiatives and other TFA 2020 related activities and events.

TFA 2020 was founded in 2012 at the Rio+20 conference by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and the U.S. government, following the CGF’s commitment to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 in the palm oil, paper and pulp, soy, and beef supply chains. TFA 2020 and its partner countries, companies, and civil society organizations work together to:

  • Improve planning and management related to tropical forest conservation, agricultural land use, and land tenure.
  • Share best practices for tropical forest and ecosystem conservation and commodity production, including working with smallholder farmers and other producers on sustainable agricultural intensification, promoting the use of degraded lands, and reforestation.
  • Provide expertise and knowledge to assist with the development of commodity and processed-commodity markets that promote the conservation of tropical forests.
  • Improve monitoring of tropical deforestation and forest degradation to measure progress.

Visit www.tfa2020.org for additional information, including a list of Steering Committee members and partners.