Main Issue

More than 1.5 billion people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods, but about 7.6 million ha of tropical forest are lost every year — an area roughly the size of the Czech Republic. The loss of forests, and the accompanying loss of biodiversity, puts us in a downward spiral: apart from threatening the security and livelihoods of local communities, it reduces our access to clean water, decreases soil productivity and accounts for 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more+

What We Do

In 2015, the GEF approved a five-year, US$45 million Integrated Pilot Program called Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Supply Chains. Instead of treating production-side and demand-side interventions as separate tracks, our approach makes them mutually supportive by enabling commercial transactions. By balancing the two forces of supply and demand, we can move faster toward sustainability.

The program offers a wide range of support along and across entire commodity value chains. It invests at supply chain points that can address specific barriers. And it also links successful, but isolated initiatives, so they can be replicated throughout the sector. Read more+


The program aims to bring 39 million hectares under sustainable land management and mitigate 66 million tons GHG emissions through its support for transformational shifts towards low-emission and resilient commodity production.

$45 million

To be invested in removing deforestation from commodity supply chains

39 million

Hectares of land to be sustainably managed

66 million

tCO2e emissions to be mitigated through more resilient supply chains