2000

Katoomba Group launched

Katoomba Group launched

In the beautiful Blue Mountains outside Sydney, Australia, Forest Trends brings together for the first time an unusual gathering of business, policy, and nonprofit experts on sustainable forest management.

In the beautiful Blue Mountains outside Sydney, Australia, Forest Trends brings together for the first time an unusual gathering of business, policy, and nonprofit experts on sustainable forest management.

Since 2000, more than twenty Katoomba Meetings have occurred all over the world. The Katoomba Group has been catalytic in the development of the World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund, Mexico’s national payments for ecosystem services fund, and Peru’s natural infrastructure water tariff — all flagship models in creative finance for nature conservation.

2000

Bridge loan to FSC

Forest Trends makes a short-term bridge loan to sustain the Forest Stewardship Council in its infancy. In 2001, the loan is repaid, and FSC survives and grows.

Forest Trends makes a short-term bridge loan to sustain the Forest Stewardship Council in its infancy. In 2001, the loan is repaid, and FSC survives and grows.

Since then, we’ve advised FSC on expanding its certification offerings to respond to companies’ growing interest in sourcing products that sustain ecosystem services such as carbon storage, biodiversity conservation, clean water, and local livelihoods. Today, more than 195 million hectares of forests in 84 countries are FSC-certified. More than 36,000 FSC Chain of Custody certificates have been issued to companies ensuring responsible sourcing practices throughout their complex supply chains. 

2002

Forest Trade and Finance Program launched, with a focus on China and the global timber trade

Forest Trade and Finance Program launched, with a focus on China and the global timber trade

Forest Trends is the first international NGO to open a dialogue with the Chinese government on China’s imports of illegally harvested logs.

Forest Trends is the first international NGO to open a dialogue with the Chinese government on China’s imports of illegally harvested logs.

In the years that follow, we continue to guide governments to create robust import regulations that prevent illegal timber from entering consumer markets.

$3.0M ANNUAL BUDGET

2004

Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program launched

Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program launched

Forest Trends establishes the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP), bringing together companies, governments, banks and conservation groups. Our goal is to challenge the historical assumption that the social and economic benefits of development projects must inevitably result in a loss of biodiversity.

Forest Trends establishes the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP), bringing together companies, governments, banks and conservation groups. Our goal is to challenge the historical assumption that the social and economic benefits of development projects must inevitably result in a loss of biodiversity.

Today, over 60 companies have committed to BBOP’s No Net Loss program, more than 100 countries require or enable offsets related to the No Net Loss program, and over 90 financial institutions have committed to No Net Loss and Net Gain of Biodiversity.

2004

First International Ecoagriculture Conference

First International Ecoagriculture Conference

Forest Trends and partners spin off EcoAgriculture Partners as an independent nonprofit organization, to focus on helping agricultural communities manage landscapes that support not only rural livelihoods, but also biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

Forest Trends and partners spin off EcoAgriculture Partners as an independent nonprofit organization, to focus on helping agricultural communities manage landscapes that support not only rural livelihoods, but also biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

2005

Ecosystem Marketplace launched

Ecosystem Marketplace launched

Ecosystem Marketplace is created as the “Bloomberg of Environmental Markets” – an online platform providing free market data, analysis, and journalism on environmental markets and finance.

Ecosystem Marketplace is created as the “Bloomberg of Environmental Markets” – an online platform providing free market data, analysis, and journalism on environmental markets and finance.

2006

Rights and Resources Initiative created with IUCN, CIFOR, and Ford Foundation

Rights and Resources Initiative created with IUCN, CIFOR, and Ford Foundation

RRI is a global network advocating for the land and forest rights of Indigenous Peoples & local communities. Following its creation, it was spun off as an independent nonprofit organization.

RRI is a global network advocating for the land and forest rights of Indigenous Peoples & local communities. Following its creation, it was spun off as an independent nonprofit organization.

As founding members of RRI, we continue to develop global initiatives to support the rights and resources of indigenous peoples and local communities.

$3.7M ANNUAL BUDGET

2006

Katoomba Incubator launched

Katoomba Incubator launched

The Incubator is launched to strategically invest in early-stage ecosystem conservation and restoration projects, connecting local communities with global experts and new business opportunities.

The Incubator is launched to strategically invest in early-stage ecosystem conservation and restoration projects, connecting local communities with global experts and new business opportunities.

2007

First State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets report published

First State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets report published

Ecosystem Marketplace, together with New Carbon Finance, publishes the first in-depth benchmark of the voluntary carbon markets. It covers prices, volumes traded, and analysis of market and demand dynamics.

Ecosystem Marketplace, together with New Carbon Finance, publishes the first in-depth benchmark of the voluntary carbon markets. It covers prices, volumes traded, and analysis of market and demand dynamics.

2008

Creation of the Chesapeake Fund

Creation of the Chesapeake Fund

Forest Trends, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the World Resources Institute launch the Chesapeake Fund, a first-of-its-kind revolving fund for water quality improvements to accelerate the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

Forest Trends, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the World Resources Institute launch the Chesapeake Fund, a first-of-its-kind revolving fund for water quality improvements to accelerate the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

2009

Surui Forest Carbon Project

Surui Forest Carbon Project

The Surui Forest Carbon Project is launched in the Brazilian Amazon by the Paiter-Surui indigenous people with technical support from Forest Trends and other partners. It is the world’s first indigenous-led carbon offsets project.

The Surui Forest Carbon Project is launched in the Brazilian Amazon by the Paiter-Surui indigenous people with technical support from Forest Trends and other partners. It is the world’s first indigenous-led carbon offsets project.

2011

Water Initiative launches with local partners in six countries

Water Initiative launches with local partners in six countries

Forest Trends builds a new coalition for scaling investments in nature-based solutions for water security. With a major grant from the Swiss Development Corporation, we incubate pilot projects in Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, China, Ghana, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Ethiopia.

Forest Trends builds a new coalition for scaling investments in nature-based solutions for water security. With a major grant from the Swiss Development Corporation, we incubate pilot projects in Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, China, Ghana, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Ethiopia.

2012

BBOP publishes first global Standard on Biodiversity Offsets

Developed in consultation over 90 public, private, and NGO collaborators, the BBOP Standard defines a set of principles for biodiversity mitigation that set a high standard for best practice, but are flexible enough to apply in contexts around the world.

Developed in consultation over 90 public, private, and NGO collaborators, the BBOP Standard defines a set of principles for biodiversity mitigation that set a high standard for best practice, but are flexible enough to apply in contexts around the world.

Three months later, the European Parliament called for No Net Loss regulation using the BBOP Standard. The BBOP has since been recognized as international best practice in the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s Performance Standards and Guidance Notes (now adopted by the 94 Equator banks),  the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Safeguards, and by governments and companies around the world.

$9.0M ANNUAL BUDGET

2013

Incubator for Ecosystem Services launched with Peru’s Ministry of Environment

2013

Accelerating Inclusion and Mitigating Emissions Project

This five-year, $13 million program funded by USAID increased the participation of indigenous peoples and other traditional stewards of tropical forests in policies, markets, and finance linked to efforts to combat climate change.

This five-year, $13 million program funded by USAID increased the participation of indigenous peoples and other traditional stewards of tropical forests in policies, markets, and finance linked to efforts to combat climate change.

2015

Partnership with IKEA Foundation

Forest Trends partners with the IKEA Foundation to create opportunities for indigenous youth and women of the Surui and Yawanawá tribes, improving livelihoods and supporting communities in defending their cultures and rights through the sustainable management of their forests.

Forest Trends partners with the IKEA Foundation to create opportunities for indigenous youth and women of the Surui and Yawanawá tribes, improving livelihoods and supporting communities in defending their cultures and rights through the sustainable management of their forests.

2015

Supply Change Initiative launched

Supply Change Initiative launched

Our new transparency platform tracks 400+ companies representing $96.8 billion in “big four” commodity export values who have pledged to address deforestation in their supply chains.

Our new transparency platform tracks 400+ companies representing $96.8 billion in “big four” commodity export values who have pledged to address deforestation in their supply chains.

Today, CEOs and senior management around the world depend on our data as a key input for risk management and tracking sustainability progress relative to their peers. Supply Change has provided guidance and data to major companies, lenders, and industry associations including the Consumer Goods Forum, the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform, the International Finance Corporation, and TFA2020.

2015

Peru’s national water regulator announces $125M investment in green infrastructure

Peru’s national water regulator announces $125M investment in green infrastructure

Peru makes history when its legislators include a short but groundbreaking paragraph in a new law to modernize the country’s sanitation sector. The new provision – directly influenced by Forest Trends’ recent work in Peru – says that water utilities should invest in healthy ecosystems, not just engineered infrastructure.

Peru makes history when its legislators include a short but groundbreaking paragraph in a new law to modernize the country’s sanitation sector. The new provision – directly influenced by Forest Trends’ recent work in Peru – says that water utilities should invest in healthy ecosystems, not just engineered infrastructure.

Photo credit: Ana Castañeda.

2016

Cumari “Rainforest to Table” sustainable gastronomy network for the Amazon launched

We saw Latin America gaining acclaim for its world-class culinary scene based on regional ingredients, and we thought: this can be an engine for protecting the Amazon’s incredible diversity.

We saw Latin America gaining acclaim for its world-class culinary scene based on regional ingredients, and we thought: this can be an engine for protecting the Amazon’s incredible diversity.

2017

Illegal timber exports from Laos plummet after our assessment

Our data on trade flows in illegal timber influences a ban on unprocessed wood exports from Laos, resulting in a steep drop in illegal trade.

Our data on trade flows in illegal timber influences a ban on unprocessed wood exports from Laos, resulting in a steep drop in illegal trade.

2017

Stewards of the Forest film premieres at the Rockefeller Foundation

Stewards of the Forest film premieres during Climate Week at the Rockefeller Foundation, highlighting our work supporting indigenous peoples in crafting Life Plans for their communities.

Stewards of the Forest film premieres during Climate Week at the Rockefeller Foundation, highlighting our work supporting indigenous peoples in crafting Life Plans for their communities.

2018

USAID and Government of Canada commit $27.5M for natural infrastructure in Peru

USAID and Government of Canada commit $27.5M for natural infrastructure in Peru

USAID and the Government of Canada back the five-year Natural Infrastructure for Water Security project for Peru, scaling up nature-based solutions for water security and climate adaptation. Forest Trends leads the consortium, together with CONDESAN, the Peruvian Environmental Law Society (SPDA), EcoDecisión, and experts from Imperial College London.

USAID and the Government of Canada back the five-year Natural Infrastructure for Water Security project for Peru, scaling up nature-based solutions for water security and climate adaptation. Forest Trends leads the consortium, together with CONDESAN, the Peruvian Environmental Law Society (SPDA), EcoDecisión, and experts from Imperial College London.

Photo credit: Mauricio Nuñez Oporto.

2018

World’s first accelerator for nature-based startups

Our Ecosystem Marketplace is a partner in the world’s first acceleration program for nature-based startups, tapping 250+ applications, 49 different countries, 8 innovative startups, and $250k seed investment.

Our Ecosystem Marketplace is a partner in the world’s first acceleration program for nature-based startups, tapping 250+ applications, 49 different countries, 8 innovative startups, and $250k seed investment.

2018

Governors’ Forest and Climate Task Force endorses Principles of Collaboration with indigenous peoples

Governors’ Forest and Climate Task Force endorses Principles of Collaboration with indigenous peoples

With our partners, we helped create a formal platform for indigenous participation in the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force and shaped California’s Tropical Forest Standard, which sets the stage to integrate tropical forests into the state’s cap-and-trade program.

With our partners, we helped create a formal platform for indigenous participation in the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force and shaped California’s Tropical Forest Standard, which sets the stage to integrate tropical forests into the state’s cap-and-trade program.

Photo credit: Joe McHugh

We continue to champion indigenous and community leaders, to ensure they’re at the table for high-level climate policy discussions. 

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$11.6M ANNUAL BUDGET

2019

Connecting gender equality with water security

Connecting gender equality with water security

Major commitments are made by policy-makers and key water institutions to address the persistent gender gap in the water sector at our Gender Equality and Water Security Forum in Lima. A companion media campaign on gender and water reaches 6.4 million Peruvians.

Major commitments are made by policy-makers and key water institutions to address the persistent gender gap in the water sector at our Gender Equality and Water Security Forum in Lima. A companion media campaign on gender and water reaches 6.4 million Peruvians.

Photo credit: Roger Oré Mendoza.

2019

Environmental peace-building in Myanmar

Environmental peace-building in Myanmar

We publish new analyses showing how loopholes in Myanmar’s forest sector are likely driving illegal logging and costing the government millions in revenue, and how failure to address natural resources threatens to derail Myanmar’s fragile peace process. Forest Trends’ work in Myanmar is pioneering the new field of “environmental peacebuilding,” helping countries prevent illegal deforestation during post-conflict transitions.

We publish new analyses showing how loopholes in Myanmar’s forest sector are likely driving illegal logging and costing the government millions in revenue, and how failure to address natural resources threatens to derail Myanmar’s fragile peace process. Forest Trends’ work in Myanmar is pioneering the new field of “environmental peacebuilding,” helping countries prevent illegal deforestation during post-conflict transitions.