The Good Growth Partnership works worldwide, connecting the dots for more sustainable commodity supply chains.
Our efforts on the ground currently focus on four key landscapes: Brazil’s Matopiba region in the country’s extensive tropical savannah eco-region known as the Cerrado; important ecosystems in the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan; the biodiverse rich North west of Liberia; and the semi-arid Chaco region of Paraguay.
Simultaneously we are working with key retail and consumer stakeholders throughout commodity markets in United States as well as in regional hubs including Singapore, Beijing and Accra to influence responsible demand in Asia and West Africa respectively.
In the United States and throughout Europe, the Partnership is focused on engaging major financial institutions, global banks and public regulators to strengthen global investment standards.
Headquarters for the Partnership’s efforts in Indonesia including our support for the Indonesia Palm Oil Platform and WWF’s sustainable palm oil consumer campaign.
Sintang District, West Kalimantan.
Sintang District, in West Kalimantan, features a mountainous tropical rainforest ecosystem, which includes the Bukit Baka-Bukit Raya National Park, home to endangered and endemic species including the orangutan. Indigenous Dayak communities have long lived in the region. Today, small and large-scale oil palm plantations dominate the district’s economy.
South Tapanuli, North Sumatra.
Boasting some of the largest forest cover in Indonesia, the district of South Tapanuli is connected to the Batang Toru Forest ecosystem, which is threatened by deforestation and degradation driven in large part by the expansion of palm oil plantations. The landscape is a mix of undulating slopes, some of which impose significant limitations to agricultural productivity. Despite this, agriculture makes up roughly a third of the province’s economy comprised mostly of coffee, palm oil and rubber crops.
Pelalawan District, Riau Province.
ocated in the province of Riau, on the island of Sumatra, Pelalawan contains ecosystems with high biodiversity, including the Tesso Nilo dry lowland forest, which has the highest vascular plant diversity of all Sumatran and Indonesian forests. Riau Province is one of the richest provinces in Indonesia, and is particularly rich in petroleum, natural gas, rubber, and palm oil plantations. The province tends to grow faster than the Indonesian average, based largely on natural resource-derived revenues. This fuels high rates of deforestation, and the associated fires contribute to the haze in the region.
The Partnership’s administrative headquarters for our efforts to improve the production of palm oil in Liberia. The capital city also convenes stakeholders at the national level to contribute to the Oil Palm Technical Working Group (OPTWG).
Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Bong, in Western Liberia.
This landscape contains the largest remnant of the Upper Guinean rainforest that once belted the continent. These forests provide a wide range of social, economic and ecological benefits to the Liberian people. They also provide habitats for at risk species and important biodiversity. Oil palm development is at a nascent stage but promises to grow substantially.
The Partnership’s West African hub for regional stakeholder engagement.
The Chaco, Paraguay.
Paraguay’s Chaco region encompasses the entire Western portion of the landlocked nation. The vast lowland area of forest and thorn scrub landscape is home to indigenous tribes and an abundance of wildlife, which includes the endangered jaguar, ocelot and puma. Filmmaker David Attenborough called the landscape “one of the last great wilderness areas left in the wold”. The Good Growth Partnership will be focusing on three of the most vulnerable areas within the Chaco. Situated either in the Department of Boquerón or in the neighbouring department of Alto Paraguay they incorporate both buffer zones and areas adjacent to the Defensores del Chaco national park, as well as the productive landscape between the Rio Negro National Park, Cerro Chovoreca Natural Monument and the Defensores del Chaco Park.
The administrative headquarters for Paraguay’s national commodity platform for sustainable beef and a regional hub for national industry bodies and commodity traders.
Matopiba, Cerrado, Brazil
Touted as Brazil’s newest agriculture frontier, the Matopiba — a region formed by the Brazilian state of Tocantins and some parts of Maranhão, Piauí and Bahia states — lies in the heart of the Cerrado. Covering more than 20 percent of Brazil, the Cerrado is not nearly as recognized as the Amazon. Although these wooded grasslands once covered an area half the size of Europe, its native habitats and rich biodiversity are being destroyed faster than the neighboring Amazon rainforest.
The administrative headquarters for the Partnership’s efforts in Brazil.
UN Environment and partners are working with major European investors and banks to improve lending practices in commodity supply chains.
Washington DC, United States
WWF, Conservation International and the International Finance Corporation are working to engage major US actors in both the public and corporate sector. The GEF, the Partnership’s primary donor, is also headquartered here.
Among the biggest importers of soy and palm oil, through regional learning exchanges the Partnership is working to engage major Chinese buyers and traders while generating more awareness about the importance of sourcing sustainable commodities.
The Partnership is working to engage major Southeast Asian investors and banks through training workshops and awareness campaigns on responsible finance.
The headquarters of the UNDP’s Green Commodity Programme, lead agency for the Good Growth Partnership.