Tropical forests are home to half of the world’s biodiversity and play a critical role in regulating the Earth’s climate. Yet recent data reveals that the world is failing to protect these vital ecosystems. In 2021 alone, the tropics lost 3.75 million hectares of primary forest, which is equivalent to the loss of 10 football pitches per minute.
As leading economies and consumers of 30% of internationally traded agricultural commodities linked to tropical deforestation between 2005 and 2017, G7 countries can play a steering role in advancing action. Considering the G7’s latest commitments under the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, this report assesses current demand-side measures the group is taking to tackle its deforestation footprint, and outlines priorities for progress. It also provides recommendations on the supply-side mechanisms required to advance a just transition towards sustainable production in tropical forest countries, as well as how G7 members can prevent deforestation-risk commodities from entering new and emerging markets.