Protection of globally important forests


Financial institution policies should require companies to ensure that their production and procurement of soft commodities does not lead to the loss or degradation of globally important forested landscapes. This includes, but is not limited to areas classified as Primary/Intact/High Conservation Value/High Carbon Stock, or areas with particularly high biodiversity levels, high species endemism or other areas protected either locally or nationally. It is essential to ensure that entire intact forest landscapes are protected to minimise the negative impacts of forest fragmentation, including local extinction of tree species, loss of biodiversity, and impacts on carbon storage.