Collaboration toward zero deforestation

Aligning corporate and national commitments in Brazil and Indonesia

In this report, Environmental Defense Fund and Forest Trends examine case studies on corporate commitments, government policies and multi-stakeholder initiatives that support Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs, in Brazil and Indonesia.

If corporate commitments and actions can be properly aligned with government policies and NDC goals, the private and public sectors will be able to reinforce each other’s efforts to achieve zero deforestation at subnational, national and global scales.

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The report analyzes how these current initiatives align with NDCs and identifies ways to improve this alignment. The report concludes with specific recommendations to enhance collaboration on private sector commitments and NDCs in both countries, and provides general recommendations that could be applicable in other countries and contexts.

The analysis in the report is based on desktop research, expert interviews, and input from a workshop during the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 General Assembly Meeting in March 2017.


Both companies and governments could consider the following recommendations in their efforts to enhance their partnerships toward shared deforestation-free goals:


  • Advocate for policies that support deforestation-free goals.
  • Participate in existing multi-stakeholder initiatives and help them scale and replicate.
  • Support efforts to strengthen and enforce regulations.


  • Conduct consultations on elaborating and implementing NDCs.
  • Identify ways that private sector actors and subnational initiatives can support NDCs.
  • Support private sector action through policies, incentives and financial mechanisms.
  • Remove barriers to extra-legal conservation efforts by companies.
  • Better align use of national forest monitoring systems with private sector deforestation-free policies.

Platforms such as TFA 2020 will continue to support collaboration between governments and companies. In these processes, the above recommendations—if implemented—could help support and enhance partnerships between governments, companies and nongovernmental organizations.

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