Reducing deforestation while improving agricultural production: new website presents practical guide to ‘sustainable landscape initiatives’

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Farming is the primary driver of deforestation in many tropical forest regions. Investment in more sustainable forms of agriculture can help reduce this damage to the forest and the associated climate change impacts whilst increasing agricultural production. This can provide a more reliable income for smallholders and helps ensure food security.

Financing Sustainable Landscapes is a new GCP initiative which aims to show exactly how regions can build a ‘sustainable landscape initiative’, putting together a portfolio to attract investments in more sustainable land use. The website includes step-by-step guides, practical resources and templates for governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and potential investors. Ultimately, well-designed investments can reduce deforestation, cut carbon emissions, provide attractive returns to investors and improve the livelihoods of thousands of farming families.

The new online toolkit is based on GCP’s experience in three Amazonian regions in Peru and Brazil which have pioneered putting this idea into practice since 2013. These pilot projects involved close cooperation with the regional governments and local NGOs in the regions of San Martin, Peru, Acre, Brazil, and Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Information is organised into three main sections, providing detailed guidance on:

  • Enhancing agriculture and production
  • Protecting people and the environment
  • Channelling investment

The three projects, collectively known as Unlocking Forest Finance, were led by the Global Canopy Programme and involved a range of local, regional and international partners. This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.

To find out more, visit the Financing Sustainable Landscapes website here.