Oil palm conversion in a planned National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia

Illegal deforestation and the flawed focus on corporate voluntary actions

Monday, June 12th, 2017

In a new essay, Earthsight’s Director Sam Lawson makes the case that corporate zero deforestation commitments don’t take sufficient account of illegalities and could be a dangerous distraction. He argues that those involved in pushing for, monitoring or implementing these commitments must throw their weight behind necessary actions by producer and consumer country governments

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Comment: Why voluntary policies will not stop deforestation

Monday, November 21st, 2016

“On their own these commitments are never going to stop deforestation. And there is a danger that zero deforestation policies are distracting attention and diverting resources away from the law enforcement and governance reforms that are needed.”

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