China, Indonesia and Malaysia comprise of over half of the forestlands across Asia. All three have struggled with deforestation, and their governments are actively encouraging the development of plantation forests, which are oriented towards wood production, not conservation.
Environmentally, forestry risks include deforestation, driven by aggressive expansion of the palm oil industry, and pressures on land resources due to demand for biofuels and agricultural products. The growing mineral and mining industry poses other environmental risks, straining not just forests but surrounding areas and waterways. Another concern is the exploitation of forests with high conservation value and significant biodiversity. In 2010 ADMCF contributed to authoring a report that outlines ESG issues that responsible investors should consider when looking at the forestry sector and, by association, the pulp and paper industry.
ADMCF Signs Cooperation Letter with United Nations Development Program
September 11, 2020
ADM Capital Foundation and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have signed a letter of intent to cooperate towards a shared vision of economic, social and environmental development in Asia. Collaboration between the ...
Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Global, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Regional, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
2019: Year in Review
June 15, 2020
I am writing this amidst the current global public health crisis. We’ve shut down our economies and moved indoors in response. At ADMCF, we have been reflecting on what we can learn from this challenging moment and the role of ...
Hong Kong, Regional
COVID-19 Lessons for Climate: Expect the Unimaginable and Prepare
April 7, 2020
I’ve been thinking these days about how we take this challenging moment, this public health crisis and consequent loss of life, our paralysed economies, and apply what we are learning to our equally urgent climate emergency. ...