Natureza e Biodiversidade

As florestas e outros ecossistemas naturais fornecem serviços ecossistêmicos locais e globais vitais, desde água limpa, prevenção de enchentes e estabilização do solo, até a regulação das chuvas regionais e a mitigação das mudanças climáticas globais. Suas complexas redes de animais e plantas incorporam importantes valores culturais, além de proporcionar benefícios econômicos e sociais para as pessoas, inclusive para os povos indígenas e as comunidades locais. 

Apoiamos empresas e governos na identificação dos valores da biodiversidade e da natureza, na compreensão das ameaças e no reconhecimento da dependência da comunidade em relação aos recursos naturais. Desenvolvemos estratégias de gerenciamento e monitoramento personalizadas e equitativas que protegem a biodiversidade e asseguram os recursos da comunidade, geralmente usando a abordagem de Alto Valor de Conservação (HCV). Usamos abordagens participativas para identificar e proteger os serviços de ecossistema dos quais as comunidades locais e os povos indígenas dependem. Também trabalhamos com empresas do final da cadeia para entender os riscos da natureza em suas cadeias de suprimentos e desenvolver estratégias para lidar com a perda.

Práticas positivas para a natureza: indo além das práticas livres de desmatamento e conversão (DCF)

Nosso objetivo é que as commodities agrícolas e florestais sejam produzidas e obtidas de paisagens sem desmatamento ou conversão, e que as florestas e os ecossistemas naturais sejam protegidos e restaurados.  

Apoiamos as empresas para que eliminem o desmatamento e a conversão de suas cadeias de suprimentos. À medida que as ajudamos a entender e implementar novas regulamentações sobre desmatamento e due diligence social corporativa, empregamos metodologias e soluções práticas e robustas para garantir que elas vão além da obtenção de cadeias de fornecimento limpas para oferecer resultados equitativos, inclusivos e positivos para a natureza. 

Trabalhar para alcançar resultados positivos para a natureza traz benefícios de longo prazo para os produtores, por exemplo, garantindo uma produção resiliente e melhores meios de subsistência. Os intermediários, como usinas e comerciantes, podem garantir sua cadeia de suprimentos de longo prazo e atender às demandas dos clientes, enquanto os fabricantes e as empresas de bens de consumo cumprem seus compromissos de reduzir e mitigar suas pegadas na floresta e na natureza. 

Working together: collaborative action delivers wider impacts

Collective action helps tackle root causes of unsustainable production and deliver longer-term positive impact at scale, within and beyond supply chains. We encourage our clients to work collaboratively with their peers and their suppliers in non-competitive spaces such as the Consumer Goods Forum’s Forest Positive Coalition (CGF FPC) and the Palm Oil Collaboration Group (POCG), for whom we provide technical facilitation. Such collaborative spaces help companies to safely share best practice, address sectoral challenges, and align on approaches and solutions for delivering Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) supply chains and nature-positive outcomes.  

We also actively engage with key organisations such as the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) and Science Based Targets for Nature (SBTN), by bringing our technical expertise of working with businesses on the ground, to their guidance on nature and biodiversity. We have joined the Science Based Targets Network's Corporate Engagement Programme to provide up to date advice to our clients on setting and achieving their targets.

Landscape investment for nature conservation and ecosystem restoration

Companies, governments and NGOs are recognising that implementing commitments to responsible sourcing and production in commodity agriculture is complex. This means that working with individual producers in individual supply chains is not efficient or effective for tackling root causes. Nature conservation and ecosystem restoration often occur beyond the boundaries of individual supply chains and involve multiple stakeholders. Addressing these issues requires a broader response.   

At a landscape level, we facilitate collaborative initiatives involving local communities, Indigenous Peoples, local government, national government agencies and production and sourcing companies. Through these landscape and jurisdictional initiatives stakeholders define shared objectives for nature conservation and ecosystem restoration, as well as issues such as agricultural productivity, land rights, and improved livelihoods.  

Companies investing in landscape initiatives are keen to report transparently on the actions they take and how these actions contribute to meeting their climate and nature commitments. The Landscape Reporting Framework, developed by Proforest with the CGF FPC and the Tropical Forest Alliance, complements other individual metrics and frameworks to objectively describe progress in landscape initiatives.

Nature tools and approaches

To achieve nature and forest positive outcomes, we have a long-term involvement in the support and development of practical tools and approaches such as High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS). Some of this work has included carrying out site-level assessments as well as trialling methodologies and tools to help mitigate smallholder exclusion (Nature Positive Farming), carrying out landscape-level assessments (HCV screening methodology) and implementing integrated and holistic approaches. 

We have licensed trainers to enable assessors to gain licenses to carry out High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments. We are also qualified to provide training on all HCV reporting requirements and assessment best practices.

Useful resources:

 

Accelerating Progress for Nature, Climate and People at Scale: Companies’ Roles and Action - (Proforest and the Tropical Forest Alliance, September 2023) 

Beyond Value Chain Mitigation: Incentivising Corporate Action at Landscape and Jurisdictional Scale (Conservation International, Earth Innovation Institute, Earthworm Foundation, Emergent, IDH, ISEAL, LandScale, Proforest, and TFA, August 2023) 

Common Methodology for Assessment of Progress Towards Deforestation- and Conversion-Free Supply Chains (AFi, January 2024) 

Downstream Company Engagement in Landscapes - Proforest Academy Course 

EU observatory on deforestation and forest degradation 

EU regulation on deforestation-free products: Recommendations for a forest positive impact (Proforest and IDH, June 2023) 

Geospatial risk assessment and ‘no deforestation’ commitments - (Proforest, December 2016) 

HCV-HCSA Assessment Manual (HCV Network, June 2023) 

Nature Positive Farming – package to support smallholder producers achieve Deforestation and Conversion Free sourcing requirements - (HCV Network, Proforest and International Climate Initiative (IKI), June 2023) 

Protecting HCVs in Landscapes - Proforest Academy Course 

Risk benchmarking  for the EU deforestation regulation: Key principles  and recommendations (Trase, Proforest, August 2023)