Mondelēz International, in a public-private partnership with the REDD+ Permanent Executive Secretary in Côte d’Ivoire, and with the support of the European Union’s REDD+ facility, is implementing a pilot project on payment for environmental services (PES) within its key cocoa supply areas.
The pilot initial stage takes place in the Nawa region, where the cooperatives ECAM and COVIMEA are present. Both of these cooperatives have been involved with the Cocoa Life program for the past five years and have benefited from support to their productivity and trading system.
Since 2017, the REDD+ mechanism initiated by Mondelēz has been implemented by Impactum and TFT. After a year, the partners have already achieved the following results:
- Raised awareness regarding climate change and the necessity of limiting deforestation, in 36 communities.
- Conducted the High Carbon Stock Approach across the Nawa Region
- Signing PES agreements with 500 farmers and 5 communities before the end of the year
Mondelēz will continue to extend the REDD+ mechanisms to other farmers and explore the possibility of extending it to other regions within Côte d’Ivoire, as well as to other cocoa growing countries. This pilot is aimed to spark a larger movement of change in the cocoa sector, and encourage partners and other stakeholders to participate to the expansion of the project.