BusinessGreen Zero Deforestation Debate

Jessica Shankleman
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Join BusinessGreen, in association with Asia Pulp and Paper, for an interactive day exploring the challenges businesses face as they seek to tackle global deforestation

Forests are the lungs of the planet, sequestering carbon dioxide, providing habitats for biodiversity, and supporting millions of livelihoods.

But they are also the crucible for one of the most serious and complex environmental challenges the world faces, with the United Nations estimating that 13 million hectares of forest is lost on average each year.

Businesses can play a huge role in reversing this trend, as the production of soy, palm oil, beef, paper and other commodities, accounts for roughly half of global deforestation. Only last month some of the world's largest businesses signalled their commitment to achieving zero net deforestation by 2030 by signing up to the high profile New York declaration on forests.

But how can businesses, governments and NGOs deliver on this promise and eliminate deforestation from their supply chains, while still supplying customers with the products they need? 

BusinessGreen has partnered with Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) to address these questions and many more through a dedicated day of articles and Twitter debates.

On 30 October at 3pm GMT, we'll be hosting a Twitter debate with Aida Greenbury, managing director of sustainability for APP, and BusinessGreen editor James Murray to explore how one of the world's largest paper producers has developed a zero deforestation policy forest conservation policy and discuss the many challenges and opportunities faced by the wider global forestry sector and the consumer goods giants who drive demand for forest-related products.

We'll also be asking whether the governments are doing enough to eliminate deforestation and illegal logging and providing a series of opinion pieces and case studies that will explore emerging zero deforestation best practices.

We'd love BusinessGreen readers to get involved by putting forward their ideas and proposals for tackling deforestation and taking part in the Twitter debate using the hashtag #zerodeforestation.

Let us know how your business is addressing deforestation, the challenges you have identified in tackling deforestation, and any questions or suggestions you may have for those businesses and policymakers on the environmental frontline in the world's forests.

We'll pick a wide range of questions to ask Aida and showcase some of the best examples of good practice throughout the day. Please click here to add a reminder for the debate to your calendar.

Please fill the form below to submit your question, ideas or comments.

 

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