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We are an internationally recognised, independent organisation whose
unique expertise delivers sustainable natural resource management,
from policy, investment and procurement, to production on the ground.

Case studies

Selected projects

Where we have worked

Supporting Tetra Pak's wood fibre sourcing

Tetra Pak is a global leader in the production of beverage carton packaging material and has set itself a target of sourcing materials only from FSC certified suppliers by the end of 2015.

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DEFRA's Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET)

In 2000 the UK Government announced plans for a sustainable procurement policy for timber and timber products as part of its commitment to tackle deforestation and illegal logging. However, it soon became clear that additional support and guidance was needed for the policy to work.

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Promoting FLEGT-REDD+ synergies

In recent years there has been a proliferation of policies at national, European and international levels to tackle deforestation. While often supporting the same overall aims, it is important for policy makers to understand the differences and overlaps between the policies, what they can achieve, and how they can be mutually reinforcing.

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Research programme into timber legality verification schemes

Illegal logging and its associated trade has become an important issue in recent years. However, there is no widely accepted mechanism to identify illegal timber and eliminate it from consumer markets. This research project aims to contribute to the development of a practical timber legality verification scheme suitable for the Chinese timber trade.

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Training for the International Finance Corporation

When the Sustainability Advisor Services Division of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) wanted to provide capacity building on agricultural sustainability standards to its global network, they approached Proforest to develop a bespoke training course.

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REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards

Many national and regional processes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) are currently under development. However, there is a growing awareness of the need for effective social and environmental safeguards for REDD+ programmes.

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EU FLEGT initiative support

The EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) action plan aims to combat the trade in illegal timber through bilateral Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with tropical timber producing countries. These agreements include a Legality Assurance Scheme (LAS), which permits the verification of legality of all timber exported to the EU. This can be a challenging requirement.

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Capacity building in forest certification in Africa

Africa’s forests cover more than 20% of the continent, while the Congo Basin contains the world’s second largest area of dense tropical rainforest. These forests are critically important for biodiversity, as carbon sinks, and to provide goods and services for Africa’s forest nations.

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Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Palm oil is an ingredient in a vast range of products from cosmetics to foods, as well as a source of biodiesel. But its production can cause severe environmental and social impacts, especially where tropical forests are converted to oil palm plantations. In 2003, the RSPO invited Proforest to lead the process of developing a standard for sustainable palm oil production.

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Development and delivery of Bonsucro auditor training courses

Proforest helped Bonsucro in the development of a lead auditor training course and an auditor training course, both including practical field components, group excercises and exams. The courses were delivered in Brazil, Colombia and India.

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Oil Palm Support Programme

RSPO certification has become the accepted gold standard of sustainability in the palm oil sector, but reaching this standard can be a long and challenging process for many palm oil producers. Our Oil Palm Support Programme is one of the first global support programmes helping the palm oil sector move towards sustainability.

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Sustainable sugarcane for biofuel

Ethanol from sugarcane is a promising biofuel alternative to fossil fuels. To ensure its supplies of Brazilian ethanol are sustainable, Greenergy turned to Proforest for help.

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Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) support

Soy production is expanding rapidly worldwide, for use in food, animal feed and as biofuel. This relentless expansion brings with it environmental and social impacts, and calls for more sustainable management.

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Our projects

Proforest has worked with over 120 different NGOs, companies and governments in more than 40 countries around the world.

To see examples of our work, click on the map above, or see the list below. For a more comprehensive overview of our work, click on our programmes on the left or select a specific service area from the drop down menu on the right hand side.

greenergySustainable Sugarcane for biofuels

Ethanol from sugarcane is a promising biofuel alternative to fossil fuels. To ensure its supplies of Brazilian ethanol are sustainable, Greenergy turned to Proforest. See more...

EU    Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) support

The EU FLEGT action plan aims to combat the trade in illegal timber by implementing bilateral Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with tropical timber producing countries. VPAs require partner countries to have a Legality Assurance Scheme (LAS) which permits the verification of legality of all timber exported to the EU. This can be a challenging requirement for some countries.  Read more...

GFTN logoEU and GFTN project for legal and sustainable forest management in Africa and Asia

In 2005 WWF's Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN) received funding for a period of 5 years to assist developing countries to improve governance of their forest resources. Proforest has executed several parts of this project, including the production of training material and practical guides. Read more...

Supporting Tetra Pak's wood fibre sourcing

Tetra Pak is a global leader in the production of beverage carton packaging material and has set itself a target of sourcing materials only from FSC certified suppliers by the end of 2015. Read more...

CPET logoThe Central Point of Expertise on Timber

In 2000 the UK Government announced plans for a sustainable procurement policy for timber and timber products as part of its commitment to tackle deforestation and illegal logging. However, it soon became clear that additional support and guidance was needed for the policy to work. Read more...

HCV Resource NetworkThe HCV Resource Network

The HCV Resource Network is a global initiative which aims to contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of critical social and environmental values of forests and other ecosystems through the use of the High Conservation Value approach. Since its inception in 2006, Proforest has been acting as the Network’s secretariat.  Read more...

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil support

Palm oil is an ingredient in a vast range of products from cosmetics to foods, as well as a source of biodiesel. But its production can cause severe environmental and social impacts, especially where tropical forests are converted to oil palm plantations. In 2003, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) invited Proforest to lead the process of developing a standard for sustainable palm oil production. Read more...

Roundtable on Responsible Soy support

Soy production is expanding rapidly worldwide, for use in food, animal feed and as biofuel. This relentless expansion brings with it environmental and social impacts, and calls for more sustainable management. Read more...

Training for the International Finance Corporation

When the Sustainability Advisor Services Division of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) wanted to provide capacity building on agricultural sustainability standards to its global network, they approached Proforest to develop a bespoke training course. Read more...

MigrosThe Migros citeria

In 2002, the Swiss supermarket Migros was at the forefront of responsible purchasing when it decided to source sustainably produced palm oil for its own-brand margarine. As no international standard for sustainable palm oil production existed at the time, Migros asked WWF for advice, who in turn came to Proforest. Read more...

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