Leading up to and during the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP21) climate negotiations in Paris, which occur Nov. 30 through Dec. 11,
While the Amazon region is more than 5,000 miles from Paris, this tropical, moist forest area was the focus of yesterday’s discussion at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN) Amazon Solutions Day, during COP21.
A United Nations global initiative to mobilize scientific and technical expertise in support of sustainable development solutions, the SDSN gathered cross-sector experts to develop a strategy for implementation and adaptation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Amazon and to identify solutions for sustainable development in the region.
At the event, The
Coletivo Forest works to strengthen the capabilities of superfruit harvesters, who live under marginal conditions, while providing a high-quality source of raw ingredients for
Experts agree that harvesting Amazon Rainforest fruits supports environmental conservation and provides more economic value than cutting down trees for timber or grazing land. If the forest is sustainably harvested, one hectare in the Amazon could generate nearly US$7,000 of revenue per year, but approximately only US$1,000 if used for commercial timber, and merely US$150 if used as cattle pasture.
We are committed to sustainably sourcing our key agricultural ingredients by 2020—a goal that supports an overarching goal to reduce the carbon footprint of the “drink in your hand” by 25 percent by 2020. The challenges in this area are tremendous, but so are the opportunities for us to make a difference. We recognize that climate change may affect not only our direct business and supply chain but also the communities we serve.
It’s inspiring to know that Coletivo Forest can help thousands of people transform their lives and environment through our business, making the forests worth more standing than cut. We’re proud to be recognized for this work, but fully understand there is much more to do.
Coletivo is a platform design with shared value in mind. Today there are seven Coletivo models operating throughout Brazil, one of which is the Coletivo Forest. While each model includes different training for new sources of income generation, all Coletivo programs emphasize building life skills and self-confidence.
Pedro Massa is shared value director at The
Read our entire series of COP21 articles.