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Agriculture Climate Forests Investments

How to Rebuild Global Carbon Sinks

Land-based carbon sinks – the forests, wetlands, and other ecosystems that pull carbon emissions from the atmosphere – are getting a lot of attention recently. That’s because scientists have shown we now need “negative emissions” to meet the Paris target of keeping global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius – a key tipping point for climate change. Together, we need to […]


A Dispatch from Peru for World Water Day

Today is World Water Day – but in Peru, celebrations have been going on all week. Peru has transformed its water sector. Less than a decade ago, it was a country where water utilities were not allowed to invest in conserving watersheds upstream of their intakes. Now every utility nationwide sets aside a portion of […]

Climate Communities Forests

The Story of the Surui Forest Carbon Project

This post is excerpted from a recent Forest Trends Communities Initiative publication, The Surui Forest Carbon Project: A Case Study. The Surui Forest Carbon Project was the first indigenous-led conservation project financed through the sale of carbon offsets. It dramatically reduced deforestation within the territory during its first five years of operation (2009-2014), but was […]


The Astonishing Opportunities in Our “Hidden Infrastructure”

It’s Infrastructure Week in the United States. Communities across the country are discussing how to #BuildForTomorrow by restoring and improving the nation’s infrastructure. Our water system is broadly supported by two types of infrastructure: the “gray infrastructure” of pipes, pumps, and treatment facilities – and the “green infrastructure” of our forests, grasslands, wetlands, and natural […]


Skoll - Hanging in the Balance

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The Infrastructure Upgrade, Reimagined – Global Waters – Medium

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On #GivingTuesday, An Investment in Optimism

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Nature can be one-third of the solution to climate change - so why is it only one percent of the conversation?

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Natural Infrastructure for Water Security in Peru

Two out of three Peruvians live under water stress..

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Stewards of the Forest

Today is #IndigenousPeoplesDay. A year ago, Forest..

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Lake Piuray supplies nearly half of Cusco’s..

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US and Canadian Governments Invest US $27.5 Million in Innovative Natural Infrastructure Program to Deliver Water Security and Climate Resilience for Peru

We are very proud to be working with the US and..

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