GNF - Deforestation Free Supply Chains (ELAN)

Deforestation-free Supply Chains (ELAN) – An Online Atlas for Corporate Sustainability


19 August 2021

Ms Schulze, German Federal Environment Minister, visits the Global Nature Fund (GNF) and hands over the funding decision for the new project ELAN to OroVerde and GNF.

 Martina Schaub (OroVerde) and Stefan Hörmann (GNF) are very happy about the personal handing over of the funding for the ELAN project by German Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze. Photo © Heiko Mennigen / OroVerde

Project Goals

The project aims to raise awareness of the importance of deforestation-free supply chains for climate protection among German companies and consumers. German companies are supported in implementing existing and new commitments to deforestation-free supply chains with concrete activities, thus contributing to climate and biodiversity protection.


Project Measures

In order to provide guidance to German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), GNF together with the Tropical Forest Foundation OroVerde is compiling an overview of previous voluntary commitments to deforestation-free supply chains by German companies and examining and evaluating measures that have been taken. Furthermore, a definition of deforestation as well as concrete recommendations for action to identify and avoid deforestation-risky raw materials will be made available on a specially developed online portal. The recommendations are based on findings from the literature, the application of tools for the analysis of value chains, the examination of certification systems and existing good examples from the economy.


German companies obtain a large number of resources for production and further processing from the tropics. Where exactly these come from and what consequences this has for the extracting and cultivating countries is currently largely not tracked at all or only inadequately. In particular, agricultural use for the cultivation of goods for export to industrialized countries is in many places associated with prior direct or indirect deforestation due to land use changes. Since tropical rainforests in particular are among the largest CO2 reservoirs on earth, their deforestation has been shown to accelerate climate change. Deforestation is the second largest anthropogenic driver of climate change and 29 - 39 percent of deforestation is caused by international trade. Deforestation is responsible for approximately 15 percent of the total carbon footprint of food consumption in the European Union.


Preventing deforestation in the supply chain of German companies is a major lever to reduce emissions. However, there is currently a lack of a clear definition of deforestation to guide German SMEs. Similarly, there are initial tools and studies to increase transparency in the supply chain, but often only for certain products, such as soybeans or palm oil.

 Corridors of deforested areas separate the individual rainforest areas and are used as cultivation areas for soya, for example.
 Banana cultivation in monocultures on former forest land

Project Partner:

 OroVerde - Tropical Forest Foundation

Contact Persons

Mr Steffen Kemper

Global Nature Fund – Office Bonn
Phone: +49 228 184 86 94 16

Mrs Lea Strub
Global Nature Fund – Office Bonn
Phone: +49 228 184 86 94 12



Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The project should make a concrete contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

 Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
 Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
 Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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June 2021 - May 2024




OroVerde - Tropical Forest Foundation


German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) based on a resolution of the German Bundestag