The Sustainable Landscapes Partnership (SLP) is an innovative public-private partnership that brings together governments, businesses and NGOs to identify, develop and test new solutions aimed at avoiding deforestation and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the development of low emission business models.
The SLP — whose founding members are Conservation International, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Walton Family Foundation — will focus activities in select district-scale landscapes. Each landscape will be anchored by a REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation "plus" conservation, the sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) project, and low emission business opportunities will be developed in the adjacent areas with the aim of a 50 percent reduction of potential emissions in specific land-use change investments over the next five years as well as conserving Indonesia's unique biodiversity.
The first pilot program will be launched in district-level sites of high-conservation value in Indonesia, which is the world's third-largest emitter of GHGs, the majority of which comes from burning peatlands and from deforestation and forest degradation caused by large-scale land conversion to commodities like oil palm and pulp and paper. In response to this growing concern, the Indonesian government has announced its intent to commit to significant GHG emissions reductions over the next decade — by 26 percent by 2020 (up to a 41 percent reduction with international assistance), while still growing the economy at 7 percent per year.
An Associates Committee of private sector companies (local, national and international) will make specific low emission investment recommendations, incorporating world-wide trends and best practices, so that the SLP can target projects that have a confirmed market demand.
Updated fact sheet on the SLP and the Associates Committee (PDF - 2 MB)
SLP partnership fact sheet (PDF - 627 KB)
For more information, please contact:
Agustin Silvani, Conservation International
+1 (703) 341-2400