20 October 2022

Proforest at Innovation Forum’s Sustainable Landscapes and Commodities Forum

Proforest at Innovation Forum’s Sustainable Landscapes and Commodities Forum

Hear from Proforest experts, 1 – 2 November, Amsterdam 

Proforest has been working with companies, communities and governments on landscape and jurisdictional approaches to address systemic issues including deforestation, water management, land conflicts, labour rights and smallholder support. 

In addition to working within their own supply chains, companies are increasingly investing beyond supply chains in landscape initiatives, as a way to meet global commitments and scale positive impacts. 

At this year’s Sustainable Landscapes and Commodities Forum, Veronique Bovee, Deputy Director – Responsible Sourcing at Proforest, will be on a panel with PepsiCo and Earthworm entitled: “How do we scale – and communicate – the landscape approach to sourcing?” 

She will be drawing on Proforest’s experiences in setting up and implementing landscape initiatives in a number of regions and commodities. Some of the questions the panel will be discussing include what is standing in the way of companies incorporating the landscape approach into their sourcing practices and how to establish and communicate the right incentives, measurements, and financing mechanisms. 

Later in the day, Daleba Kpenahi who leads Proforest’s landscape work in Côte d’Ivoire, will join Pascale Bonzom, Global Project Manager, UNDP Food and Agricultural Commodities Systems, and Andrea Azevedo, Director of JBS Amazon Fund, to talk about: “Social opportunity: Why tackling deforestation and landscape initiatives involves better understanding of local incentives.” 

He will bring experience from the San Pedro region of Côte d’Ivoire. With a population of almost a million people across the city and many villages, the region of San-Pédro is our largest landscape programme. Proforest works to ensure that all of the activity is built on collaboration, bringing together government, private sector, NGOs, civil society and local and indigenous communities, including the many smallholder farmers who work in the landscape. 

You can listen to two Innovation Forum podcasts on landscape approaches in the run up to the forum: 

Proforest’s Abraham Baffoe, global and Africa director, and Mike Senior, Deputy Director – Conservation and Land Use, speak with Ian Welsh about the momentum building in working at a landcsape level, as well as potential unintended consequences to watch out for. They discuss company commitments, SBTIs and EU deforestation due diligence legislation, as well as the critical need for producer countries to have a voice and a seat at the table. 

In "Delivering successful landscape outcomes for Indonesia’s forests” Proforest's Veronique Bovee and Mila Nuh talk about why preserving forests and ecosystems can mean adopting a pragmatic approach in working landscapes. They share some of the challenges encountered in Indonesia, the importance of collaboration with indigenous communities and how transparency fosters trust. 

Categories: Landscape Approaches, Landscapes

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