ISLA Program Annual Report 2022
The Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) Annual Report details the challenges faced in sustainable sourcing, and lessons learnt in how to go about addressing these from the ISLA landscapes. It outlines the progress made in the last year from ISLA’s initiatives such as SourceUp and within its Carbon Strategy. The report also highlights the changing policies that uphold sustainable sourcing, such as the EU Regulation on Deforestation-Free products (EUDR). The report provides challenges and learnings from each of its programs across its seven countries. It also provides more key lessons, what have been drawn from the program overall in 2022, which includes the need to develop practical solutions to the EUDR for smallholders and the fact political cycles affect deforestation activity for example.
The ISLA program has landscapes in Africa, Asia and Latin America across seven countries: Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Vietnam, Indonesia. The overall goal of the program is to prove that investing in models of sustainable land management makes business sense for buyers of tropical agricultural commodities, can improve the livelihoods of farmers and their communities, and can protect and enhance the natural environment.