Our work in this sector

The responsible management of natural resources for the production of food, fuel and goods is vital to the stability of the green economy and of the climate. The global population puts enormous pressure on these vital natural resources, and BVRio’s market-based solutions ensure that land is legally and well managed, and that trade of these goods is transparent, legal and sustainable.

Since 2011 BVRio has been developing products and services in support of the responsible timber industry within Brazil, home of the world’s largest and most vulnerable forest, and across other developing countries. As land-use and agriculture has changed, BVRio has evolved the mechanisms to support sustainable timber trade, and is now applying them to the farming of crops such as soy, cocoa and rice.

BVRio operates an online negotiations platform and WoodsApp for timber, integrated with a Due Diligence and Risk Assessment system for Brazilian timber, and provides guidance for legal timber trading in the Republic of Congo, Peru, Cameroon or Ghana. 

BVRio is a member of the Tropical Forest Alliance, is in a Key Account Partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council, and has established partnerships in Indonesia and China.

Products and Services

We seek to create market mechanisms to increase economic efficiency and address market failures, and to support the use of market-based approaches to create liquidity to the mechanisms created.

Impact

Our vision is to deliver positive impacts for the economy, environment and people through the work that we do.

Legal Timber

92m m3 timber offered to date in the Responsible Timber Exchange

Conservation

5 million ha registered on the Legal Reserve Credits platform in Brazil

Carbon Emissions

2 Gt CO2 GHG emission reduction potential of these initiatives

Due Diligence

Over 20,000 reports created using our Brazilian Due Diligence and Risk Assessment tool

Current Initiatives

Soy Due Diligence System Development – Reducing soy-related deforestation in Brazil 

BVRio is adapting our existing Timber Due Diligence & Risk Assessment System to meet the complex due diligence requirements of soy. The system will have the potential to trace Brazilian soy from its origin to the end-user, and to check that it has been legally produced, enabling informed decision making related to commodity sourcing and supply chains. 

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Responsible Commodities Facility – Environmental Committee Coordination

BVRio is the coordinating organisation of the independent Environmental Committee of the Responsible Commodities Facility (RCF) made up of the biggest names in global conservation efforts. The committee will review and provide input into the environmental management of the first US$11million pilot programme offering financial incentives for farmers in Brazil who commit to deforestation- and conversion-free (DCF) soy cultivation.

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Planaflor

The national sustainable development plan for Brazil promoting environmental, economic and social assets from the effective implementation of the Brazilian Forest Code.

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SIMFlor

Recognising the importance of the conservation and restoration obligations of the Forest Code, BVRio and partners created SIMFlor – a programme to provide financial support to landowners to conserve existing native vegetation in their land.

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Previous initiatives in this area

Since 2012 BVRio has developed market mechanisms, products and initiatives in this area, contributed to public policy and been a advocate and delivery partner to others.

Contact the land-use and forests team

Grace Blackham

Director of Land Use & Operations (UK)

Beto Mesquita

Director of Forests, Conservation and Public Policies (Brazil)

James Parker

Regional Director (Ghana)

Renato Castro Santos

Commercial Manager - SIMFlor (Brazil)

Pedro Miguel

Forest and Bioeconomy Project Manager (Brazil)

Marcelo Hercowitz

Projects Manager (Brazil)

Francisco Godoy

Environmental Assets Analyst (Brazil)

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