From 27-30 October our Ecosystem Alliance and its partners from Indonesia, Argentina Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay discussed progress/obstacles in governance of soy and palm-oil value chains and landscapes. We jointly formulated a call for action, requesting stronger support to legality, high quality (Roundtable) certification, extension of sustainability criteria to all EU agro-commodity import, improved transparency in agro value chains (either or not certified), and financial institutes and incentives (like tax) to more strongly support sustainable production.
The call for action was discussed with high level government and private sector actors in the Hague. The CSOs committed themselves to further work on piloting sustainable landscapes, transparency, monitoring of commitments such as the New York pledges for zero-deforestation (sept 2014), and the development of knowledge and tools to support the actions called for. Participants were IUCN NL, Both ENDS and Wetlands (HQ, Argentina and Indonesia), Pro Yungas and FARN (Argentina), Guyra Paraguay, Probioma (Bolivia) and ICV (Brazil). Furthermore, from Indonesia: Sawit Watch, WALHI, Setara, Gemawan and TUK.