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ITC Roundtable on Deforestation-free Global Value Chains

Fighting against global deforestation and forest degradation at the international level has become a worldwide priority, and the European Union is developing a proposal for a new regulation on “deforestation-free” products. The International Trade Centre (ITC), an agency of the United Nations based in Switzerland, is convening four rounds of private-public consultations and development of concrete plans of actions for “Deforestation-free Global Value Chains” in priority commodities sectors, such as soy, cocoa and coffee. 

The roundtables aim to bring  together industry stakeholders and policy-makers and achieve primarily the three following goals:
  • Determine the state of play in soy, cocoa and coffee sectors discussing the current situation with sourcing soy, coffee and cocoa into the EU market, responsible sourcing practices and volumes of sustainable products. Discussion will also focus on key challenges and difficulties of sourcing sustainable/deforestation-free soy, cocoa and coffee in compliance with the newly proposed EU regulation on deforestation-free products;
  • Unpacking methodologies and approaches to support deforestation free supply chains: an in-depth analysis and technical discussion about the existing models, technologies, their credibility parameters, and the innovative approaches explored in various sectors; in thorough review of systemic issues and gaps that have not been addressed successfully in existing initiatives;
  • Propose adjustments and implementation guidelines related to the new proposed regulation on deforestation-free products: highlighting differences and complexities in commodity sectors; discussing impacts and implications on value chain actors staring from producers to processors and retailers; suggesting changes that would reflect the current state of play and capacities in the concerned commodity sectors.
The next roundtable takes place on:
  • 9 June 2022, 1.30 - 3.30 pm CET: Third roundtable “Implications of the proposed EU regulation on deforestation-free products” – online: 
Join us for a keynote by Mr. Mike Senior, Deputy Director – Conservation and Land Use, Proforest, followed by an expert panel discussion, with: 
  • Mr. Erik Wijkström, Head of TBT Section, Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organisation
  • Ms. Astrid Ladefoged, Head of Unit for Planetary Common Goods, Universal Values & Environmental Security, in DG Environment at European Commission
  • Ms. Sophia Gnych, Policy Analyst, Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Ms. Tatiana Alves, Director - Sustainable Finance and Selva Fund Manager, Palladium Group
  • Mr. Andres Felipe García, Director of Sectorial Planning and Sustainable Development Fedepalma
  • Mr. Marcos Antonio Matos, CEO, Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council-Cecafé
moderated by Mr. Adrian Greet, Director & Owner - A. Greet Co. Limited, Senior Advisor - Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

One further session will be held in September 2022 (exact date tbc): Fourth roundtable “Roadmap and practical set of  recommendations to implement deforestation-free policies that are WTO compatible” – in person (Geneva, Switzerland)

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