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Reducing Deforestation in Commodity Supply Chains

Senior Fellow and RFF EfD Program Director, Allen Blackman organized and moderated RFF “First Wednesday” Seminar/webinar on “Reducing Deforestaton in Commodity Supply Chains.”

About the event

Commercial agriculture and forestry are leading drivers of tropical deforestation. Unfortunately, shortages of political and institutional resources in developing countries often make it difficult to solve this problem using conventional regulatory tools such as land use zoning. Over the past two decades, a variety of private sector, market-driven approaches have become popular, including eco-certification, multi-stakeholder commodity roundtables, voluntary moratoria, public disclosure, and voluntary corporate commitments.

Featuring leading companies, nongovernmental organizations, and multi-stakeholder initiatives using and promoting these approaches, this RFF First Wednesday Seminar focused on the opportunities for and challenges of reducing supply chain deforestation using private and regulatory strategies, potential synergies among these strategies, and linkages with Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).


  • Allen Blackman, Senior Fellow and RFF EfD Program Director
  • Crystal Davis, Director of Global Forest Watch at World Resources Institute
  • Stephen Donofrio, Senior Advisor to Supply Change, a project of Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace
  • Christine Dragisic, Foreign Affairs Officer, REDD+ Focal Point, US Department of State
  • Jeff Milder, Chief Scientist, Rainforest Alliance
  • Mark Murphy, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Corporate Affairs, Cargill, Inc.
  • Michael Wolosin, President, Forest Climate Analytics; and Visiting Fellow, Resources for the Future