An EU regulation on deforestation-free supply chains is expected to come into force by the middle of 2023. At the core of the regulation are due diligence obligations for companies that place certain raw materials and products on the EU market, including soy, coffee, wood products, or beef. They will have to submit the geodata of the production areas to prove that no deforestation or forest degradation has occurred on the land since 2020.
Brandt School doctoral researcher Karina Marzano, who is also a Fellow at the Research Institute for Sustainability – Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, argues that submitting this proof doesn’t have to be an expensive barrier for businesses. She explains that accessible technological tools – like open-source platforms, satellite images, and other technological capabilities – enable supply chain managers to make better decisions about nature and communities.
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