Dutch companies move to counter climate change by tackling deforestation

19 November 2013 | News story

Four companies based in the Netherlands, Essent, Eneco, Desso and Dutch Development Bank FMO, are launching a unique programme to reduce tropical deforestation in an effort to tackle climate change.

The Dutch REDD+ Business Initiative was presented to the European Commission at the annual UN climate summit taking place in Warsaw, Poland.

The companies hope to send a signal to negotiating parties at the conference that the programme Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) merits broad support from governments, non-profit organisations and the private sector.

REDD+ is being negotiated as part of a new climate deal that is expected to be reached in two years’ time in Paris. The idea is that climate finance is used to stem tropical deforestation, one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

The companies behind the new REDD+ initiative believe that reducing greenhouse gas emissions through REDD+ can go hand-in-hand with protecting biodiversity in the tropics and rallying support for communities that depend on the forests in their livelihoods.

The REDD+ Business Initiative was developed by the Dutch Platform Biodiversity, Ecosystems & Economy” (Platform BEE), an initiative of the Dutch Confederation of Employers and Investors (VNO-NCW) in the Netherlands and the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands with funding from the Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs.

“Tropical deforestation must stop and we can play our part”, says Roland G.A. Jonkhoff, Managing Director of Dutch carpet producer Desso. “We want to demonstrate that with a relatively small contribution we can address climate change and at the same time help protect some of the world’s most diverse and threatened nature.”

For more information and for interviews contact:

Jan Willem den Besten, IUCN Netherlands, +31 681498173; janwillem.denbesten@iucn.nl


View of logging road in the Cameroon Forests