SNAPP TEAM:Zero Deforestation Landscapes
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Can innovative mapping tools help agricultural producers and companies meet commitments to zero-deforestation supply chains?

In response to global demand for sustainable goods production, hundreds of companies have promised to stop producing, buying, and selling agricultural commodities grown on recently deforested land. However, the current method available to support managers’ efforts to do this is inadequate because it is complex, expensive, and may limit the success of wildlife conservation in associated forests.

OUR APPROACH: The team of experts in remote sensing, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and supply chain management are collaborating with conservation groups, companies, and smallholder cooperatives to understand the technical and financial barriers they face when seeking to access zero-deforestation supply chains. Based on this collaboration, the team aims to produce a tool (e.g. a mapping or decision support tool) that can help users overcome the above barriers to supply chain change while maintaining forest connectivity.

Team Status: ONGOING
Team Critical Challenges: Social Innovations, Food and Freshwater


  • Engage small producers and identify barriers preventing them from selling products in zero-deforestation supply chains
  • Create consistent, landscape-scale maps of forests protected under zero-deforestation commitments
  • Explore how forests protected by companies can best contribute to wildlife conservation by modeling their connectedness to other protected areas
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From Zero Deforestation Commitments to a Zero Deforestation Reality?!

This working group member reflects on project progress and calls for the global community to deliver on zero deforestation commitments. His discussion includes 3 main steps for companies to champion solutions-oriented palm oil producers, as well as other insights gained from working group activities.

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Kimberly Carlson
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Robert Heilmayr
University of California, Santa Barbara
Peter Bayliss
REA Holdings PLC
Jason Jon Benedict
University of California, Santa Barbara
David Burns
National Wildlife Federation
Hedley Grantham
Wildlife Conservation Society
Jane Hill
York University
Matthew Luskin
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Charlotte Opal
Grant Rosoman
Musnanda Satar
The Nature Conservancy
Edi Suhardi
Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd
Joann de Zegher
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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