Landscapes that matter

GOLS: Governing Oil Palm Landscapes

The Governing Oil Palm Landscapes for Sustainability (GOLS) program supports effective and equitable implementation of the New York Declaration on Forests commitments by helping to align public and private policies and actions, and by delivering targeted, research-based evidence to key stakeholders and practitioners.

The role of the private sector in land-use change and deforestation has been highlighted in recent years as some of the world’s largest retailers, manufacturers and traders have made commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. These efforts were catalyzed in December 2014 when civil society organizations, private sector companies and governments joined together to sign the New York Declaration on Forests.

These commitments have the potential to dramatically benefit the global environment, as well as the livelihoods of millions of rural people. But it is the way in which these commitments are implemented that will determine whether the desired environmental and social benefits are fully realized.

Lead scientist: Pablo Pacheco

Donor: USAID




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Spreading the word on better land-use planning for Indonesia’s commodities