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Potential implications of corporate zero-net deforestation commitments for the forest industry










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    Zero-deforestation commitments: A new avenue towards enhanced forest governance?
    Forestry Working Paper 3
    2018
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    The zero-deforestation movement has gained considerable momentum as governments and companies enter into commitments to curb deforestation. The most innovative are multi-stakeholder initiatives, where governments and international organi- zations have joined with the private sector and civil society organizations in making commit- ments to reduce deforestation. These pledges have created opportunities for improved forest governance by envisaging the private sector at the centre of the movement. They have also encouraged a broader understanding of the drivers and and consequences of deforestation, and how these can be more realistically addressed.
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    Zero deforestation initiatives and their impacts on commodity supply chains 2017
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    Countries and companies alike are entering into commitments to curb deforestation. The 2014 New York Declaration on Forests targets globally halving natural forest loss by 2020 and reaching zero natural forest loss by 2030. It was endorsed by 37 national governments and 53 companies. Despite much early action, it remains yet to be seen whether zero deforestation can create future impact on the ground. Even if companies comply with commitments, large-scale impact may require governments to engage . The downside to the tremendous current momentum around zero deforestation is the risk of awful future disappointment if it fails to deliver progress. For the zero-deforestation movement to succeed, clarity is needed on the zero-deforestation concept and the best way to operationalize pledges. The paper discusses definitions and implications across supply chains and commodities. It highlights the contribution of governments in bringing zero deforestation to scale and safeguarding its benefits.
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    An innovative approach of developing agro-industrial waste to biofuel value chain to avoid charcoal driven deforestation in Kenya
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    We present an innovative value chain on upscaling and commercial production of carbonized bio- briquettes from agro-industrial waste (mainly a sugarcane bagasse), that aims at substituting a forest-based charcoal for household consumption and thus reduce deforestation. We demonstrate the three main pillars of the value-chain: (1). Empowering and capacity building of members of the cooperatives (mainly women), through developing technical skills, using and maintaining technologies and tools, ergonomics and safety, businesses, and marketing. (2). Innovative locally built biowaste to biofuel conversion technologies. This are technologies for raw material (biowaste) preparation (transport, drying and storage), locally developing carbonization kilns of high efficiency and commercial volume, biochar production, selection of bio-based binders, local fabrication of briquetting machines, production of briquettes, drying and storage of briquettes. This section demonstrates (using videos and pictures) on how a daily briquettes production of 3-tonnes is achieved, with briquette qualities comparable to that of wood-based charcoal. We also demonstrate production of custom-made cookstoves for briquettes by modifying existing local cookstoves. Further, we demonstrate the amount of avoided deforestation through such innovative local approaches. (3). Business and market development: This aims at bringing green-jobs to villages in sustainable supply, distribution, and sales of clean locally produced bio-briquettes. The program enables capacity building of members of the cooperatives in business and marketing, building partnership with key market segments and cooperation with private sector such as distributors, consumers, lenders, and banks. The complete value-chain is a result of a successful development and partnership program (2018-2021) supported by the government of Norway that involved Kenyan national institutions, local community cooperatives and international partners. Keywords: Bagasse, Kenya, Briquette, Deforestation, value chain ID:3478532

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