About the event

This webinar introduced Trase Yearbook 2020, the Trase initiative‘s annual review of commodity deforestation and expansion, the traders and markets that dominate exports and their exposure to associated deforestation risks, and the effectiveness of zero-deforestation commitments.

The 2020 edition provides data and insights concerning export flows of seven major agricultural commodities: soy from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay; palm oil from Indonesia; beef from Brazil and Paraguay; and chicken from Brazil. Together these account for half of the global trade in forest-risk commodities.

The Yearbook summarizes the latest additions to Trase’s unique data on these commodities – including subnational hotspots of commodity-driven deforestation and how global import markets and traders are exposed to the risk of buying commodities grown on deforested land.

Agenda

Key findings of Trase Yearbook 2020, presented by Toby Gardner, Trase Director, and Helen Bellfield, Global Canopy Policy Director (Trase Lead).

Followed by comments from:

  • Alice Thuault, Deputy Director of Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV)
  • Debora Dias, Sustainability Manager at the Consumer Goods Forum
  • Frances Seymour, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Nicole Polsterer, Sustainable Consumption and Production Campaigner at Fern.

Moderated by Anna Gross, Science and Environment Reporter of the Financial Times.

 

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Speaker biographies

Alice Thuault, ICV

Alice Thuault is Deputy Director at Brazi’s Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV), where she has been working for 15 years. Since 2015, she has been working on the design and creation of the Produce, Conserve and Include Strategy, which has, together with the REDD + structure in Mato Grosso, raised around 50 million euros from the REDD Early Movers programme to reduce deforestation. Alice has implemented research on climate policies and forest governance and developed considerable experience in negotiating with different actors at the state and federal levels in Brazil, from the public or private sectors, from civil society, and representatives of traditional communities.

Anna Gross, Financial Times

Anna is Science and Media Reporter at the Financial Times. Her reporting has covered the supply chains of commodities from South America and the impacts of deforestation.

Debora Dias, Consumer Goods Forum

Debora Dias is a Senior Sustainability Manager at the Consumer Goods Forum. She is dedicated to bringing sustainability to the centre of business decisions, and has worked with global consumer goods companies, supply chain actors, NGOs, industry associations and other stakeholders for more than seven years.

Frances Seymour, WRI

Frances Seymour is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, where she focuses on harnessing the potential of forests to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, including mobilizing REDD+ finance, understanding non-carbon pathways through which forests affect climate, ending commodity-driven deforestation, and cultivating awareness among urban constituencies of forest benefits to cities. Before returning to WRI in 2017, Frances was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development where she led research on tropical forests and climate change, co-authoring Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change.

Helen Bellfield, Trase

Helen Bellfield is Policy Director and Trase Lead at Global Canopy. Helen has been at Global Canopy since 2011, and has worked across many of its programmatic areas, including supply chains, sustainable landscapes and finance, most recently as Director of Programmes before taking up her current role. She holds a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Nicole Polsterer, Fern

Nicole Polsterer is a Sustainable Consumption and Production Campaigner at Fern. She has 17 years’ experience in development and environmental cooperation, notably with the United Nations Development and Environmental Programmes, the European Commission and Parliament, research institutes and think tanks. Her present focus is on reducing EU consumption of products that harm forests globally.

Toby Gardner, Trase

Toby Gardner is Trase Director and a Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute. Toby has 15 years’ experience in science and science-policy issues in human-modified landscapes across the tropics. He is involved in a number of international environmental policy processes, including as a Coordinating Lead Author and Liaison Expert for the Assessment Report on Land Degradation and Restoration of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).