Resilience Dispatch #22: Forest Trends Impact Report, Here’s what we’ve accomplished this year together

Jan 1, 2022
In this edition: Our impacts in 2021

Dear Friends,

We are a conservation organization. But as you turn the pages of our 2021 Impact Report, you’ll find not untouched natural landscapes, but people — the faces of the people we work with every day.

“Conservation,” in the sense of putting up a fence around a pristine area, is a 20th-century idea. That approach may still be appropriate in a few special cases, but it’s not scalable. Often it is not ethical, either. Traditional and indigenous communities have long been part of these landscapes. Eighty percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity is found on their lands. In the 21st century, I predict that we will find ourselves looking anew at ancient traditions of caring for the land, re-imagined for a modern, globalized economy.

In this year’s Impact Report, you’ll find stories about this kind of conservation ethic in action, from building a new Amazon “bioeconomy, to re-thinking infrastructure investments to work with nature, rather than against it. We highlight the hard work of our staff and partners, results of our programs, and important developments from the places where we work.

As I write to you from Washington D.C., I can feel momentum gathering. We are poised at the beginning of a very busy, very critical time. As we continue to address new goals and challenges, we ask you to join us in in this vital work with a tax-deductible gift of $500, $250, $100, or whatever you are able.

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I am incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together this year. A special thank you to the Forest Trends team, our many partners, our Board, our Fellows, our Evergreen Society members, and all who have supported us in ways large and small this year. My best wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy, healthy, and safe 2022.


Building forest-based value chains
We partner with indigenous communities in Brazil’s Tupi Mosaic to develop economic enterprises that promote forest conservation. Together, we’re building sustainable value chains for açaí, cacao, artisan products, and Brazil nuts. [Pictured: Seedling care at Ecoporé Nursery, Rondônia, Brazil.]
We know what indigenous and local communities can do for forests. Here’s what climate finance can do for them.
The Peoples Forests Partnership aims to fix a fundamental flaw in carbon finance by directing significant private funding to forest communities to reward their efforts to successfully stop deforestation. [Photo credit: Diego Perez]
Making strides for women leaders in water
We are working to close gender gaps in Peru’s water sector and create new opportunities for women to lead on water security. See what we’ve accomplished this year. [Photo credit: Ilich Apucusi]
Going low-carbon
The world needs to cut emissions in half by 2030 and be fully carbon neutral by 2050. Wondering what you can do as an individual about your own carbon footprint? Forest Trends experts answer some common questions.
Peru’s journey towards water security
Since 2017, Forest Trends has led the multi-partner NIWS project in Peru with goals to build the necessary coalitions, scientific evidence, technical capacity, and a portfolio of investment-ready projects to truly revolutionize the way Peru manages its incredible resources.
Keep reading: Download the report
  • What Happened at the Climate Talks?
  • An Interview with Filmmaker Estêvão Ciavatta
  • After the Coup: A Dispatch from Myanmar
  • An Amazon Bioeconomy
  • How Can We Stop the Runaway Train That is Deforestation?
  • A Necessary Investment for All of Us
  • Naturaleza que Cuida: Award-Winning Photography
  • Our impact in 2021 for conservation investments, communities, forests, water and more.