Mondelēz International, Nestle, PepsiCo and other major palm oil producers and buyers joined forces to develop and fund a radar monitoring device used for detecting deforestation.
The radar-based device, known as Radar Alerts for Detecting Deforestation (RADD) was created by a coalition consisting of ten major players in the palm oil industry. It seeks to provide a near-real-time and greater-accuracy view of deforestation to help stakeholders quickly mobilize follow-up actions on the ground. A unique quality of the RADD system is its ability to bypass cloud covers and forest obstructions using radar waves, and, unlike optical-based systems, it can detect tropical deforestation weeks in advance.
It is currently being developed for countries with the highest rate of deforestation in the world, including Indonesia and Malaysia. Once the system is complete, all deforestation alerts detected will be made publicly available on websites like Global Forest Watch and Global Forest Watch Pro.
“No longer can anyone claim to be unaware of the deforestation risks around their supply chains,” said Benjamin Ware, global head of responsible sourcing at Nestlé. “We are pleased to support the development of a forest monitoring system like RADD as it will bring accountability and transparency across the industry.”