Stories we loved the week of June 26, 2016:
Landscapes Approach Thinking Continues to Evolve – Global Landscapes Forum
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and its partners conducted a review of 17,000 documents from the literature on the integrated landscape approach to analyze the concept’s evolution over time. Their study found evidence that the concept is far more than repackaging, and in fact has strong potential to help advance social, economic, and environmental outcomes, including through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Social Progress Imperative released its 2016 Social Progress Index, which generates an integrated measure of different countries’ social and environmental performance based on more than 50 indicators. Environmental quality was among the factors that showed the least improvement with increasing GDP per capita. This index has the potential to help inform SDG implementation.
“The members of the Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge, a pact between six palm oil refiners to purge their supply chains of environmental destruction and human rights abuses, announced on Friday they were disbanding the agreement. The companies — Wilmar International, Cargill, Golden Agri-Resources, Asian Agri, Musim Mas and Astra Agro Lestari — feared being investigated by Indonesia’s anti-monopoly agency, according to the leaked transcript of a recent meeting between the firms. NGOs condemned the decision as a setback for the movement to clean up the palm oil industry, whose rapid expansion is eating away at Indonesia’s rainforests and dispossessing indigenous peoples.”
Featured image: “View of palm oil plantation in Cigudeg, Bogor” by Achmad Rabin Taim, on Wikimedia.