This transatlantic dialogue, brought together a number of stakeholders, focused on options for reducing deforestation in agricultural supply chains. Key questions were asked such as: What are the current and projected patterns of supply and demand for key commodities, and their impacts on forests? Who are the key producers and what is their relative impact on forests? How are these patterns likely to change in the future? What are the key points of leverage in these supply chains? What is the scope of potential action by the US, the EU, and its member states?
The current status and future trends in the global production and trade in major agricultural commodities were also examined, along with the key leverage points for influence. Global forest footprint of major agricultural commodities and deforestation hotspots were discussed. Key drivers of deforestation were examined. Finally, the potential roles of government in reducing commodity-driven deforestation: towards a better understanding of the potential for state action in the EU and the US contexts.
For the meeting summary, agenda and presentations, visit the Chatham House website.