WHEN WE FOUNDED FOREST TRENDS TWENTY YEARS AGO, we wanted this organization to be nimble – to be able to move fast when opportunities arose. But even by our standards, the pace has been extraordinary this year. In this year’s Impact Report, we highlight the results of our programs, and important stories from the places where […]
This paper assesses China’s forest product imports from FLEGT VPA countries and exports to the EU between 2007-2017, set within the context of China’s overall trade and market dynamics driving supply and demand for forest products. The report shows how China’s closure of its own forests from harvesting has triggered a rise in imported forest products,[…]
Communities need training and resources to advocate for their rights and economic sovereignty, and to fully engage with governments, companies, and donors. Our Capacity Building Program on Indigenous Territorial Governance brings learning opportunities to communities and trains new leaders, strengthening their ability to protect biodiversity and the well-being of generations to come.
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The indigenous economy has two spheres: the reciprocity economy and the market economy. The reciprocity economy is linked to traditional practices, the barter economy and collective production. These practices are independent from monetary or financial relationships. There is some friction or tension when such reciprocity economy gets in touch with the market economy. Forest Trends’[…]
Indigenous communities have experienced rapid cultural change. In order to support their cultural identities, we have developed the Cultural Mediators program. The program trains teachers and develops educational materials for young indigenous students about territorial governance, natural resource management, climate change, and cultural traditions. Are you looking for our brief on “Indigenous Economy, Territorial Economic Governance and Socio-biodiversity[…]
Forest Trends, in collaboration with the national Amazonian indigenous organizations of Colombia (OPIAC), Ecuador (CONFENIAE) and Peru (AIDESEP), are carrying out studies and providing technical assistance aimed at preparing equitable and culturally relevant climate compensation proposals for indigenous people. These proposals are based on the multidimensional climate contributions of the indigenous territories and their will[…]
The Economics of Climate Change in Indigenous Territories
Indigenous populations of Amazonia own 210 million hectares (or some 519 million acres) of land and have proven to be highly skilled in the field of forest conservation: the deforestation rate is 0.2%, i.e., even less than that of protected areas (1.4%) and obviously significantly lower than all the Amazon. There is no doubt therefore[…]
Financing Emissions Reductions for the Future
Ecosystem Marketplace was initially created to improve transparency and price discovery in the voluntary space, as there is no centralized system for transacting voluntary carbon credits. Between 2006 and 2018, our team has annually distributed surveys to our network of project developers, investors, retailers, and brokers to collect confidential information about their voluntary carbon offset […]
This report summarizes the role of natural resources in armed conflict and the current peace process in Myanmar. It serves as a baseline study for efforts to promote equitable and accountable management of natural resources for peacebuilding. The main findings overall indicate a lack of meaningful progress on moving towards natural resource good governance reform[…]
Contribuciones potenciales de la infraestructura preincaica de infiltración de agua para la seguridad hídrica en los AndesBy Boris F. Ochoa-Tocachi, Juan D. Bardales, Javier Antiporta, Katya Pérez, Luis Acosta, Feng Mao, Zed Zulkafli, Junior Gil-Ríos, Oscar Angulo, Sam Grainger, Gena Gammie, Bert De Bièvre y Wouter Buytaert
A nivel mundial, los recursos hídricos están sometidos a un fuerte estrés producto de la creciente variabilidad climática y las presiones ejercidas por el ser humano. En los Andes tropicales, las culturas preincaicas desarrollaron tecnologías de siembra y cosecha de agua basadas en la naturaleza para manejar los riesgos de sequías en climas naturales extremos. […]