Aside from Nestlé's own use, the guides are publicly available to provide much needed information to the 400+ member companies of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) who have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation from global supply chains by 2020.
While the release of the Guides is very accessible and user-friendly, much more information - and action - is needed to solve the growing problem of deforestation within agricultural sourcing. Building on our completed analysis, additional steps that need to be taken by members of the CGF in order to reach their goal of zero-net deforestation by 2020 are the following:
1. Produce better and more-precise deforestation data for select countries lacking them, and conduct targeted research on the links between local political and socio-economic contexts and drivers of deforestation from agriculture.
2. Share knowledge and best practices and build capacity within the sector, and among NGO partners, governments and other entities engaged in the deforestation and land use dialogues;
3. Create a robust stakeholder engagement and community development process for addressing key agricultural drivers in specific areas of sourcing for key commodities (palm oil, soya, sugarcane, coffee, cocoa, beef, dairy, pulp + paper)
CI is encouraged by their collective action thus far and looks forward to the promising results that can come from such powerful forces in business making decisions that benefit threatened forests and the broader climate challenge.
National deforestation estimates in percent and agricultural statistics are from FAO (2010). Mapped sub-national estimates of the Deforestation Indicator in hectares are indicative only, given the resolution of the data source, and are from CI (2011), derived from the MODIS percent tree-cover change product for 2000 to 2005 (Hansen, et al 2009).
CI (2011) Global map of deforestation indicators derived from the MODIS percent tree-cover change product. Unpublished data set, Conservation International. Arlington, Virginia, USA.
Hansen, M., DeFries R.S., Townshend J.R.G., Carroll M., Dimiceli C., Sohlberg R.A. (2003) Global Percent Tree Cover at a Spatial Resolution of 500 Meters: First Results of the MODIS Vegetation Continuous Fields Algorithm. Earth Interactions, Vol 7, No 10, pp 1-15.