Over the last five weeks, we have shared stories about our work and you have responded with your support! We are ever grateful for the show of support we received and for how it took us in this year's Skoll Foundation’s Crowdrise Challenge. Thank you!
Forest Trends is an international, environmental non-profit organization that works to fully recognize the values that nature provides to society. Forests, coral reefs, tall grass prairies, and marine ecosystems provide fundamental services to us including carbon sequestration, clean water, storm protection for our coastlines, stable climate, and habitat for the rich biodiversity of the planet. Forest Trends employs cutting-edge market mechanisms to make these priceless environmental services valuable in mainstream capital markets.
For 15 years Forest Trends has searched for and piloted innovative project that create market-based incentives and payment mechanisms to value environmental ecosystems. It has worked alongside local communities and indigenous peoples, and built partnerships between governments, financial institutions, and civil society to pioneer approaches that invest in the ecosystem services of our planet.
Now is the time for you to invest alongside us!
Your support will:
- Implement projects to improve the availability of water in places like Peru, China, Bolivia, and Mexico;
- Replicate the success of the Surui people of the Amazon in bringing forest carbon and other ecosystem service benefits to indigenous peoples across the Amazon;
- Advocate for new policies that combat illegal deforestation and work with partners to promote legal and sustainable trade of forest and agricultural products;
- Expand the leading global information service that brings information about these emerging environmental markets to all;
- Help build grassroots efforts with local governments, progressive businesses, and civil society to stop deforestation;
- Support innovation around new financial instruments, such as Green Bonds, to bring the power of capital markets to invest in the natural infrastructure of our planet.
- FT developed the first-ever indigenous forest carbon deal in the world with the Paiter Surui people of the Amazon. Through this ground-breaking new mechanism, indigenous communities directly benefit from financial compensation for protecting standing forests. The goal now is to replicate this deal with other indigenous peoples across Latin America.
- We have pioneered a global standard of “no net loss” of biological diversity for development projects globally. This is the first global biodiversity offset standard of its kind. It engages companies (including mining, oil, and gas concerns), and government agencies, financial institutions, and civil society organizations working on improving business practices to ensure biodiversity conservation.
- Forest Trends has had direct effects on new policies, initiatives, and institutions that include environmental conservation in business and governmental decisions in countries including Mexico (Payments for Ecosystem Services Program), Brazil (Acre PES Program), Peru (National Forest Strategy), and the US (creation of the US Office of Environmental Services). We achieve this by acting as the connective tissue that brings people together including representatives from the forestry and energy sectors, the financial world, government officials, environmental non-profits, and indigenous communities to exchange ideas, shape local policy, and advance new conservation initiatives in their countries.
- Our Ecosystem Marketplace (EM) initiative, which provides environmental market information that is free, transparent and accessible, has built a readership from business, NGO and public sector leaders who are well-placed to make and influence market-changing decisions about sustainable supply chains and land use. EM has become a leading global information platform on environmental markets, and has attracted over 1 million unique hits and published hundreds of original articles on the topic.
To learn more about Forest Trends, visit our website at www.forest-trends.org.