Forests and natural ecosystems are crucial in our fight against climate change. Natural climate solutions can contribute up to one third of the climate mitigation needed to meet Paris agreement targets. Yet deforestation persists at alarming rates; approximately 10 to 16 million hectares per year (2016-20 figures). Agricultural expansion drives 90% of global deforestation, which increases carbon in the atmosphere and exacerbates the impact of climate change. The biggest driver of deforestation and land degradation is demand for soft commodities, including palm oil, beef, soy and wood. These are largely produced in tropical forest countries such as Indonesia and Brazil – regions where the largest tracts of intact forests are at risk.
We support governments, companies, CSOs and the financial sector with actionable data and analysis to eliminate commodity-driven deforestation. To identify opportunities to prevent deforestation, AidEnvironment monitors and analyses millions of data points on land use, land ownership, supply chains, corporate ownership structures and finance flows, which are then supplemented by satellite technology and on-the-ground investigations.
With tailored insights, stakeholders are equipped with accurate, relevant and timely information to engage companies; while commodity producers, traders and buyers are able to strengthen their sustainability policies and practices.
We conduct near real-time monitoring of deforestation and fire events in global commodity supply chains, and combine it with social, environmental, and political risk analysis.
We investigate and analyse deforestation-linked themes, such as the impact of policies and regulations on supply chains, traceability issues, the social impact of commodity production and NDPE adoption, among others
Work in partnership
We collaborate with civil society organisations, research institutes and the financial and private sectors on projects that increase transparency, awareness, and innovation in forest-risk commodities sectors
Benchmark and research studies
We provide benchmark and research studies on zero-deforestation policies and implementation for investor alliances, industry groups and certification bodies
Aidenvironment’s programs are differentiated by its focus on driving results. By increasing information access, we enable a wide range of actors to use their influence and resources to halt deforestation.
Introduction The take-up of No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policies by the palm oil industry has had a significant impact on reducing forest loss for oil palm plantation development. A 2020 study by Aidenvironment and our partners determined that 83% of refining capacity in Indonesia and Malaysia, accounting for approximately 50% of the world’s refining capacity, is covered […]Read more
Article by Sarah Drost AidEnvironment continuously supports civil society, law charities, campaigners, and journalists with supply chain mapping and global trade data analyses. This year we have mapped the Colombian palm oil supply chain, assessed how the Unites States is tied to scope-3 emissions linked to global commodity trade and consumption. We have also mapped importing operators eligible under the […]Read more
Article by Indonesia team In the first half of 2023, the industrial forest plantation sector in Indonesia was responsible for significant deforestation, with ten companies collectively contributing to the clearance of 10,000 hectares of forest. Approximately 81% of this deforestation was attributed to just three companies. Furthermore, six out of the top ten companies for forest clearance were also among […]Read more