The ADP Multi-Stakeholder Meeting (tentatively planned for 20 May 2020) has been postponed. We will try to find a new date later this year.

29 January 2020, European National Soya Initiatives issue a statement.

European National Soya Initiatives Statement

National sustainable soya initiatives have been developed by a range of European conveners to support soya users transition to sustainable soya supply chains. While some have been established and working towards this goal for several years (such as the Dutch and Norwegian) others are relatively recent such as those in Denmark and the UK. Under the umbrella of the Amsterdam Declaration Partnership (and its member governments) these conveners have come together to explore how to support their members but also how they can better collaborate to create more meaningful impact and provide a common market signal. On 29th January 2020 this culminated in the signing of a joint statement of support for soya that is legal and protects forests and valuable native vegetation.

12 June 2019, Launch of the Accountability Framework Initiative and WRI Global Forest Watch Pro

Link to the event

Grants have been provided by the European Commission and some ADP countries.

24 April 2019, Letter by the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation to First Vice President Frans Timmermans of the European Commission

2019-0424 Letter Minister Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation The Netherlands to First Vice President Timmermans

15 April 2019, Submission by The Netherlands to the European Union Agriculture and Fisheries Council of Ministers

Information Note by The Netherlands (ST_8233_2019_REV_1_EN)

13 February 2019, Germany presents its 10-Points Action Plan on Cocoa

The German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, and the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, presented a common 10 Points Plan for a sustainable cocoa sector on 23rd of January at the International Green Week in Berlin.

2019, National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate-smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS). 

Approval of the IDH and Solidaridad programme by the Government of The Netherlands (budget estimated at Euro 52.5 million including a.o. Indonesia, Malaysia, Ghana, Nigeria). Inception phase started. The programme will be presented at the ADP Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on 13th June 2019.

5 February 2019, ESPO monitoring report

The European Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative (ESPO) publishes its most recent ESPO monitoring report.

18 December 2018, EU Roadmap on a Communication on Stepping up EU Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation

The European Commission published the roadmap for the Communication for public consultation:

29 November 2018, Intention Statement Palm Oil Colombia -The Netherlands

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia and the Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands signed a joint statement on promoting deforestation-free, sustainable palm oil with respect for People, Planet and profit and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Colombian palm oil alliance Fedepalma and the Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil also signed a statement to also increase trade on sustainable palm oil (2018-1128 Acuerdo Palma con firmas). Earlier in 2017, the Colombian palm oil sector signed a zero deforestation commitment (2017-1118 ACUERDO DE VOLUNTADES PARA LA DEFORESTACIÓN CERO EN LA CADENA DE ACEITE DE PALMA EN COLOMBIA Texto Final).

14 November 2018, France presents its National Strategy against Imported Deforestation (NSID)

The strategy was drawn up during the French presidency of the Amsterdam declarations in the first half of 2018. the NSID will implement actions to end the import of unsustainable forest and agricultural products contributing to deforestation in 2030.The aim will be to reduce deforestation, forest degradation, the conversion of ecosystems and indirect land-use change abroad.

1 November 2018, ADP Denmark Letter to European Commissioners on Deforestation

On 1 November 2018 the Danish Minister for Environment and Food sent a letter to the European Commission on behalf of the AD Partnership calling for a roadmap for the development, in the course of 2018, of an ambitious EU Action Plan on deforestation and forest degradation.

21 June 2018, Launch of the Alliance pour la preservation des forêts. Paris.

The Alliance brings together a group of responsible manufacturers and distributors who have implemented a series of measures designed to fight deforestation.

22-25 April 2018, the 4th World Cocoa Conference approved the Berlin Declaration.

The declaration was approved by all participants lining out responsibilities and recommendations for all stakeholders involved to make the cocoa value chain more sustainable.

19 March 2018, Launch of the UK Roundtable for Sustainable Soya

Major UK retailers and food industry associations have asked for government support in convening key industry stakeholders to address growing concerns about the link between soya and tropical deforestation. The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will convene the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya.

5 March 2018, Submission by delegations of ADP countries to the European Union Environment Council

Amsterdam Declarations Combating Imported Deforestation (ST_6528_2018_INIT_EN)

2018-2019, ISEAL Certification Atlas

The ISEAL Alliance is working together with certification standards to put certified sites on the map. Funding is provided by GIZ Germany.

2018, Tropical Forest Alliance

The Netherlands, Norway and United Kingdom are members and the three donors renewed their funding to the TFA for a further three years in 2018.