Deforestation causes roughly one-fifth of global carbon emissions. Reducing deforestation is vital to reversing this statistic. Motivating those who are deforesting land to value standing forests is critical, as is building governance and promoting monitoring technologies. Working with communities to improve land management ensures protection at the most local level. To scale all these efforts, influencing local and national deforestation policies is key. We advance innovations that arrest or slow deforestation using policy, market and community-driven mechanisms.
Regions include: Tropical forest regions of the Amazon, Central Africa, Southeast Asia.
Amazon Conservation Team preserves the cultures of indigenous peoples of the Amazon and empowers them to protect their rainforest homes. In partnership with local indigenous groups, ACT has completed ethnographic and land-use mapping for more than 60 million acres of Amazonian rainforest lands. Doing so has laid the groundwork for the eventual protection of those lands by providing the basis for forest management plans designed by the inhabitants, with 38 million of those acres already better monitored against illegal incursions.
Forest Trends expands the value of forests to society, promotes sustainable forest management and conservation by creating market values for ecosystem services, and enhances the livelihoods of people around the forests. The Washington D.C.-based non-profit was created by leaders from conservation organizations, forest products firms, research groups, banks, private investment funds and foundations. The USDA created new Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets as a direct result of Forest Trends’ training of its senior management team for five years. It’s the first time a new USDA office has been created in 30 years.
Gaia Amazonas’ places large areas of Amazon rainforest legally into the hands of the indigenous people. In Colombia, 35 million hectares of Amazon are protected by indigenous territories or national parks. In areas where Gaia Amazonas is most active, 17 indigenous organizations, representing 23,600 people from different ethnic groups, negotiate with government and govern more than 13 million hectares of forest.
Imazon is the first independent deforestation monitoring system for the Brazilian Amazon, using technical mapping and satellite imagery. The Brazilian government launched a new policy to control illegal deforestation, focusing on “hot spot” deforestation municipalities identified by Imazon. With more than 400 publications, Imazon is one of the most productive research groups in the Amazon. Its deforestation rates are reported monthly, and the Brazilian government is forced to respond to probing questions about what it is doing to stop illegal deforestation.