South East Asia is home to some of the most biodiverse forests in the world, but suffers from one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.
Partnerships for Forests supports partners in the region who aim to create value from standing forests through sustainable means. Potential areas of focus in the region include:
- Reduced impact logging, non-timber forest products or payments for ecosystem services
- Rehabilitation and regeneration of forests and peatland, for long-term sustainable use of these lands
- Deforestation free commodity chains, for example in palm oil and pulp and paper
The programme will support partnerships between private investors, local communities and the public sector that are focused both on sustainable forests and agricultural activities, as well as long-term profitability.
A quarter of Indonesia's forest has been destroyed in the last 25 years alone – an area almost the size of Germany. (Greenpeace, Nov 2015)