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Facts & figures on palm oil

Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is a common ingredient in a wide variety of products, ranging from biscuits, bread and noodles to shampoo, candles and deter-gents. It has been estimated that around half of all packaged items found in supermarkets contain it. Palm oil is also used as biofuel. The use of palm oil is expected to continue growing, with an esti-mated doubling of use by 2020.

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Green economy with sustainable value chains

CHALLENGE: Agricultural output is expected to double and resource efficiency increase tenfold in the coming decades. Only a rapid transformation in the way products and services are produced and consumed will ensure the continued delivery of essential ecosystem services provided by a healthy environment while meeting the demands of the world’s growing population. Local communities must have a voice in this transition.

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Call for Action on Agro Commodity Governance

Over the last decade, various commitments towards sustainability of agro-commodity value chains have been made by governments and private sector. Relevant in this context is the recent zero deforestation pledges included in the New York declaration on Forests. Despite important progress, translating these commitments into effective implementation remains a challenge.

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Soy entering valuable wetlands of Argentina

Due to the enormous emphasis on soybean cultivation within Argentina, activities such as cattle raising but also the cultivation of soybeans are increasingly pushed to more marginal and vulnerable areas, where the cost of land is lower.

The Paraná Delta, one of the most unique and important wetlands regions in the world, is one of these places. Although the region is not suitable for these activities, new actors are radically altering the landscape to make the undertaking of these activities possible. Read more about our work on soy and wetlands.

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Soy Cultivation in South America

Soy cultivation has shown an increasing expansion throughout Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, in the last decade. This remarkable increase is explained by its economical importance in the region, and as a consequence, it is difficult to regulate its progress and attenuate its potential socio-environmental impacts. Read more about our work on soy and wetlands.

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The whole Pantanal, not just the half

The Pantanal, in the heart of South America, on the border of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, is the largest freshwater wetland in the world. It has an enormous biodiversity and the people who live there mainly live from fishing and tourism. The Pantanal has a water regulating function for an enormous area to the La Plata in Argentina, some 1,500 kilometers away. 'The whole Pantanal, not just the half', supported by Both ENDS, IUCN and Wetlands International reviews the current developments with regard to soy production in the region to create an informed debate. The ultimate goal is to achieve agreements and commitments to stop buying soy from the Pantanal, as already exist on soy from other areas, such as that around the Amazon.

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Lineamientos para una ganadería ambientalmente sustentable en el Delta del Paraná

Los humedales brindan una amplia variedad de bienes y servicios ecosistémicos fundamentales para la sociedad. Por esta razón, a lo largo de la historia de la humanidad han constituido sitios de gran atracción, donde florecieron culturas importantes debido a la oferta de agua y de numerosos recursos naturales básicos. Las funciones ecosistémicas de los humedales y, en última instancia, los bienes y servicios que estos proveen a la sociedad,dependen de las características de los componentes, la estructura y los procesos que tienen lugar en estos ecosistemas. Sin embargo, para que la provisión de bienes y servicios se mantenga a largo plazo, es necesario que se preserve la integridad ecológica de los humedales. 

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Keep it fresh or salty

This report provides guidance for program and project developers from, or working in, developing
countries on the numerous funds and finance mechanisms that can provide carbon finance for wetland carbon conservation and restoration. It also highlights ways to access and link carbon activities with non-carbon based sources of financing. 

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“Aprendizaje desde la Práctica” para crear Comunidades Resilientes en Nicaragua

Abordando la vulnerabilidad ante desastres en las subcuencas de los ríos Tapacalí e Inali, departamento de Madriz, Nicaragua, los socios de la Alianza por la Resiliencia aplicaron la modalidad de “Aprendizaje desde la Práctica” en su programa de Escuelas de Aprendizajes y Escuelas de Campo. La modalidad incopora el enfoque innovador que integra la reducción de riesgo de desastres, adaptación al cambio climático y el manejo y restauración de ecosistemas (RRD/ACC/MRE). Este estudio de caso describe la modalidad, historias exitosas y su replicación.

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Soy Barometer 2014

 
In the Netherlands, various parties are committed to ensuring that we will only process and use responsible soy. But how are these developments evolving? Are things going in the right direction? The Dutch Soy Coalition addresses these questions, and more, in the latest edition of the Soy Barometer, the third in its series. 
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