A Revised Law Sparks New Hope for Restoring Paraguay’s Biodiversity

Government Officials expect recent changes to the national Forest Law to encourage significant reforestation, especially in productive landscape such as those surrounding the globally significant Upper Parana Atlantic forest. The legal changes are expected to help reduce pressure on the country’s last remaining native forests and to significantly boost the Nation’s long-term goal of reforesting 450,000 hectares of land, an area about half the size of Puerto Rico.

Costa Rica Scores Major Environmental Win with Launch of World-First Land Use Monitoring System

Costa Rica scored a major win against illegal deforestation from agro-commodity production with the launch of a unique new land use monitoring system. The Land Use Change Monitoring System within Production Landscapes (MOCUPP) is the world’s first to overlay satellite images with land registry records on an annual basis for an entire national territory. Now, on an annual basis, the system will produce images showing forest loss and gain from agro-commodity production across Costa Rica, starting with pineapple.

Ecuador Steps up Efforts to Address Deforestation from Agricultural Commodities in the Amazon Basin

With the aim of achieving net zero deforestation by 2020, the Government of Ecuador is drawing on resources from both the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility, totalling US$ 54 million, to reinforce existing government initiatives aimed at addressing deforestation in the Amazon Basin, with UNDP support. A key aspect of this work will focus on multi-sectorial dialogue through five national commodity platforms on livestock, coffee, cocoa, oil palm and non-timber forest products.

Our Latest Report: Six Years of Innovation and Impact

In 2009, UNDP launched the Green Commodities Programme (GCP) to play this important role in countries where highly traded commodities are important pillars of national and local economies. Today, the focus is on helping a strategically selected portfolio of countries to address the root causes of unsustainable commodity production. This publication captures the key innovations and impacts achieved by the UNDP Green Commodities Programme over the past six years.

Infographic: 2016 Programme Highlights

2016 was a year of many successes for the Green Commodities programme. This infographic captures the key highlights of our work to support public and private sector stakeholders in 11 countries to transform the production of seven highly-traded commodities.

Blog: Sustainable Commodity Sectors Can Prevent Instability

Sustainable commodity sectors support almost all of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. They can provide local jobs, improve incomes, empower women and promote healthy environments. This can ultimately make communities more resilient against shocks and instability.

News: The Dominican Republic Develops a Plan to Improve the Well-Being of Cocoa Producing communities, while Boosting Production

  As the world cocoa community meets in the Dominican Republic this week, the Government is developing a National Action Plan, supported by UNDP, that could see 30,000 small-scale cocoa farmers boost their livelihoods over the next decade. The Dominican Republic’s famous fine flavor cocoa is a vital source of...

News: Costa Rica and Paraguay team up to achieve sustainable and low-carbon meat sectors

As appetite for meat and dairy products is rocketing, so is the evidence that the livestock industry is a major contributor to global warming. Over 15 percent of all green house gas (GHG) emissions are linked to animal digestion and manure decay, not to mention emissions from the manufacturing and transport of meat-packaged products.

Photo Story: Pineapples on the path of sustainability

Costa Rica is taking action to promote production and trade that is responsible, fair, and in line with practices protecting the environment, the community and the general public.

News: UNDP supports Costa Rica’s pineapple sector to take critical steps towards sustainability

One of the world’s biggest pineapple producing countries – Costa Rica – has officially adopted a widely endorsed action plan to tackle serious social and environmental concerns in this critical sector, worth US$ 800 million to the national economy.  Agrochemical run-off into water sources is a key issue that the...