Conservation International (CI) and Monsanto established this partnership because both organizations believe by working together, they will encourage positive changes for biodiversity and natural habitats by:
- Influencing the implementation of best practices along Monsanto’s supply chain, which is directly in contact with farmers in the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado of Brazil
- Implementing concrete conservation actions in two biodiversity corridors in the Cerrado and Atlantic Forest biomes
Objective of the Partnership
The general objective of the partnership is to conserve biodiversity in two biodiversity corridors, one in the Atlantic Forest (Northeast Corridor) and other in Cerrado (Jalapão/Western Bahia Corridor).
The project has three specific objectives:
- Preventing illegal deforestation
- Preventing the local extinction of species
- Encouraging compliance with legislation in the agriculture and livestock supply chain
Apart from these elements, CI and Monsanto will work together to develop strategies, internal rules and procedures to achieve the operational alignment of the company with the three specific objectives mentioned above. This element is key to the success of the partnership, as both the support and collaboration of Monsanto in activities developed by CI and the incorporation of these principles in the company’s operational routine are imperative.
Why Work in the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado?
These regions were chosen because they are considered biodiversity hotspots, that is, they are among the 34 areas identified by CI as the biologically richest and most threatened in the world, having already lost at least 75 percent of their original vegetation. They are, therefore, priority areas for conservation actions that also coincide with regions where Monsanto operates and where agribusiness has a significant impact on the environment.
Scope of the Partnership
As part of the partnership, CI will advise and recommend ways Monsanto can improve its environmental practices in relation to protecting the region. In turn, Monsanto will adopt the conservation of biodiversity in the Cerrado and the Atlantic Forest as one of the key elements of its business strategies in the region. The partnership states that both institutions will carry out activities that will produce concrete and measurable results to guarantee the conservation of biodiversity in areas selected as critical to both partners.
The total value of the project is US$ 13 million, to be invested over five years. Costs will be equally shared between CI and Monsanto.