The Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare, MATTM) represents the Italian government in the AD-Partnership.
Italy signed both Amsterdam Declarations in order to contribute to a coherent approach to (i) reduce forest pressure; (ii) reduce GHG emissions; and (iii) increase sustainable production in developing countries. REDD+ implementation and private sector involvement are important elements of this approach. Italy sees REDD+ implementation as key to fostering sustainability of, and eliminating deforestation from the production of agricultural commodities. The Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) has signed an agreement with UNDP to work together in areas of climate change, REDD+ and forest-related sectors such as agriculture and energy, with the goal of enhancing and accelerating sustainable management of forests, REDD+ implementation and REDD+ results, while supporting REDD+ countries on integrating sustainable commodity supply chain initiatives in their National REDD+ implementation. The target commodities include palm oil, cocoa, coffee, rubber, and shea butter.
No specific national action (yet). The Italian company Ferrero is actively working on sustainable cocoa and member of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative.
The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil (Unione Italiana per L’Olio di Palma Sostenible) is part of the European Sustainable Palm Oil initiative and works towards 100% sustainable palm oil by 2020.
No specific national action (yet).