Zero-deforestation commitments coverage gap in the Cerrado closing
Some 89% of soy exports from the Amazon are covered by the voluntary Amazon Soy Moratorium. Nevertheless, Trase estimates that at least 23,000 ha of land deforested in the Amazon in 2018 is likely to be converted to soy within the next five years. Additional work led by Trase identified 115,000 ha of deforestation that had happened within the boundaries of soy farms, but not in areas planted with soy, between 2012 and 2017 in the state of Mato Grosso alone. Of this, 92% was illegal under Brazilian law.
In contrast, 61% of exports from the Cerrado in 2018 were covered by traders’ zero-deforestation commitments (ZDCs), despite these exports being associated with a much higher relative deforestation risk than exports from the Amazon – 1.2 ha/kt compared to 0.4 ha/kt. This coverage had increased from 47% in 2016, thanks to new commitments by traders COFCO and Louis Dreyfus. Trase estimates that there was nearly 100,000 ha of deforestation for soy expansion in the Cerrado in 2018.