This report presents perspectives from the endorsers of the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), examining endorser progress to achieve the 10 goals, including enabling conditions for endorser action, barriers to progress, and lessons learned five years since the launch of the Declaration in 2014. NYDF endorser challenges, actions and progress towards the NYDF goals have been captured, recognizing that measurable, collective action is necessary now to make considerable progress to address deforestation.
Lesson 1: Implementation of deforestation-free commitments by companies and governments is slow due to barriers that require multi-level and multi-sectoral solutions
Lesson 2: Strong governance and policy are essential enabling conditions for endorser action; but also a barrier to implementation when absent
Lesson 3: Individual leadership and forest champions can shape action across an organization and an industry
Lesson 4: Implementation of forest commitments often hinges on multi-stakeholder engagement and partnerships
Lesson 5: Accountability and transparency technology has accelerated in recent years but access to open and transparent data remains a challenge
Lesson 6: Land tenure is a precondition to eliminate conflict and sustainably conserve and manage forests
Lesson 7: Although negative financial investments work against forests, and positive financial investments are insufficient to achieve forest goals, new models for forest finance hold promise
Lesson 8: Nature Based Solutions yield societal benefits but those values are not fully recognized
As 2020 approaches, and taking into account the findings of the NYDF Assessment report in 2019, there is a need for renewed ambition and action by all endorser groups, coupled with increased accountability, in order to reverse increasing deforestation trends and advance towards global forest and climate targets. Nearly two-thirds of consulted NYDF endorsers have reported action plans for post-2020 objectives with specific priorities emerging, including:
The NYDF Global Platform’s post-2020 vision will focus on incorporating the recommendations and feedback collected from over 80+ NYDF endorser consultations including strategies for strengthening implementation, addressing accountability, maximizing synergies with initiatives and coalitions, and supporting knowledge sharing.