The potential for business solutions to combat deforestation in large forest landscapes in Asia: a progress report by Clarmondial, Ennovent, GreenWorks Asia, Impact Hub and WWF. 2016
Citation: N. Dudley, P. Chatterton, E. Cramer, A. Cremonesi, R. Deau, T. Havemann, H. Hoffmann-Riem, T. Neupane, A. Safford, P. Scheuch, D. Shandilya, P. Skvaril, S. Stolton, S. Varma. 2016. Impact in the Forest: The Potential for Business Solutions to Combat Deforestation in Large Forest Landscapes in Asia, WWF-Switzerland: Zürich.
This report makes the case that for sustainable forest management to work in the long term it must make business sense as well as ecological sense. Exploring the success of entrepreneurs on the ground in three Asian countries they note that with the exception of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), most innovations are small-scale, low impact and donor-driven. Authors make the observation that there is more innovation in the energy sector even though there is no lack of committed and innovative entrepreneurs, NGOs, community and indigenous organizations on the ground. The challenge is that the alternative economic approach they promote has traditionally been at cross-purposes with the large-scale development plans of estate crops.
This situation is now changing, the palm oil industry in Indonesia, for example, has had a number of commitments to “zero deforestation, zero social conflict and zero peat” from larger companies. The industry also wants to work with smallholders who provide 40% of Indonesia’s palm oil and who urgently need technical assistance to improve planting stock, agricultural methods and business practices. Cooperatives need to be strengthened and access to capital facilitated. These are highlighted in the entrepreneurial approaches explored by the actors of “Impact In the Forests”.Download report