For producer countries to be fully engaged and support sustainability efforts, there must be clear incentives in place. It could be argued that often zero-deforestation commitments don’t go far enough to incentivise good practice, but simply to disincentivise malpractice. Too much stick, with no carrot.
On the other hand, initiatives such as The Coalition for Sustainable Livelihoods engage government by focusing on collective action to drive economic development, reduce poverty and improve natural resource management. This change of emphasis towards sustainable development promotes the benefits and incentives in a much more prominent manner.
This session will debate whether the zero-deforestation rhetoric has helped, and whether this is the right way to continue to engage governments. We’ll assess the pros and cons of changing tact to promoting sustainable development, and how this fits into broader engagement around the landscape approach.