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Forest Trends was created in 1998 to address the urgent challenges of deforestation and ecosystem degradation globally. Our unique approach is to bridge traditional divides and promote the value of nature for the benefits it provides and on which life on this planet depends. We think of ecosystems as assets, and connect policy-makers, businesses, communities, and investors to create and develop economic models and tools that support growth that is in sync with nature and that balance the conflicting demands placed on our natural resources – for food, energy, and functioning ecosystems. By placing economic value in our natural ecosystems, we are creating one of the most powerful incentives for sustaining them now and in the future.

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As California Contemplates REDD+, Clarity Should Trump Confusion

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 4:31 AM

After a decade of deliberation, the US state of California may soon let its companies meet part of their emission-reduction obligations by saving forests in places like the Mexican state of Chiapas. For it to work, the process must not only be socially and scientifically rigorous; it must also be...

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Five Simple Rules (For Purging Deforestation From Corporate Supply Chains)

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 11:34 PM

By Kelli Barrett

This story first appeared on Ecosystem Marketplace.

"Supply chains are vast, complicated intricate things with a lot of moving parts and players," said Kevin Rabinovitch, the Global Director of Sustainability for candy and food giant Mars. "They are more like webs than chains."


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Cambodia's New Anti-Illegal Logging Campaign: Crackdown or Shakedown?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 1:36 PM

Cambodian press and some environmental groups have largely viewed the national government's creation of a committee to curb an illegal wood trade as a sign of real progress. But upon closer inspection, the federal crackdown may be more of a shakedown.

By Kerstin Canby and Will...

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UN Sees Promise in Country Climate Plans, Even as Some Go Up in Smoke

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 12:10 PM

The United Nations today released its tally of all but 10 of the climate plans that countries have released to-date. If implemented, they'll slash greenhouse gas emissions by 4 billion tonnes annually, but the announcement came under a cloud as Indonesia's burning forests have already spewed 1 billion tonnes this...

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Paris and the Amazing Technicolor Charm-Quilt: Why This Year's Climate Talks Really Are Different

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 6:03 AM

The United Nations today released an amazing document: namely, its tally of all the climate action plans that almost 150 countries have submitted this year.

It shows that plans now in development will slash global emissions by 4 gigatonnes per year by 2030, but that's not what makes the...

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M&S Sustainability Boss to Peers: "Nobody's Perfect; Come Clean on Your Progress"

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 1:09 PM

More than 50 companies endorsed last year's New York Declaration on Forests, but the Ecosystem Marketplace initiative Supply Change finds that only half the companies it tracks have disclosed their progress. Marks & Spencer is one of those companies, and its sustainability boss says we all need to come clean...

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Are Companies Keeping Their Climate Pledges? Find Out Wednesday in New York

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 10:06 AM

Dozens of companies and scores of governments won greenie points at last year's UN Climate Summit for endorsing the New York Declaration on Forests and aiming to end deforestation. On Wednesday, at Climate Week NYC, we get to learn how they are progressing one year on.

By Steve Zwick....

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Opinion The Clean Power Plan: An Industrial Nightmare

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 8:21 AM

By blocking climate-change legislation, the U.S. power and fossil fuel industries have driven the Obama administration to impose high-cost, inconsistent regulation that will cost them -- and all Americans -- dearly in the end. National cap-and-trade remains the best alternative, says Eric Bettelheim of Floresta Holdings.

This article originally...

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13 Powerhouse American Companies Have Taken Obama's New Climate Pledge. What Does It Mean for Forests?

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 9:35 PM

This post initially appeared on The AnthropoZine. Click here to view the original.

By Steve Zwick

Thirteen major US companies today took the White House's "American Business Act on Climate" pledge to slash their greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change. The pledges commit to at least...

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Ecological Restoration Is a $25 Billion Industry That Generates 220,000 Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 6:48 PM

Critics like to portray environmental regulation as a job killer, but the restoration economy now provides more jobs than mining, logging, or steel production – all while actually fixing the environment instead of destroying it – according to a new study.

By Kelli Barrett.
This story first appeared on...

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Things White People Like - As Told By a Hadza Tribesman

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 7:44 PM

When the Hadza hunter-gatherer people of northern Tanzania decided to slow deforestation in the Yaeda Valley, they turned to carbon markets. First, they had to do something they'd never done before: secure rights to the land they had been inhabiting for for 40,000 years.

By Allie Goldstein

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Seedlings and Children: Taking Care of Our Common Future

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:15 PM


Handicraft exchange between the Suruí and the Yawanawa communities

The scene is idyllic: Children scamper across a clearing in a forest, a boy swings a baby into the air, nuzzling the child's cheek. A girl windmills her arms as she skips to...

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Indigenous People Build Fund for Direct Access to Climate Finance, Push for More Active Role in Proceedings

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 4:57 PM

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The Pope is Right on Climate, Wrong on Offsetting

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Pope Francis' "Ecumenical Letter on Care for Our Common Home" is elegant, inspirational, and insightful. It may even prove to be transformational if people heed its call to deliver themselves from soul-sucking consumerism and immerse themselves in nature and the brotherhood of man.

The pontiff rightly identifies the drivers...

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Offsets Are a Tool, Not an Indulgence

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 4:28 PM

As twilight crawls across the steep slopes of Kenya's Aberdares Hills, a mother kneels on her home's earthen floor to fan the flames licking out of a chimney-like contraption. Where most people would see a block of bricks, she finds freedom. The more efficient "stove" means freedom from her family's...

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Forests Win Big In Bonn Climate Breakthrough

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 4:25 PM

Climate-change negotiators meeting in Bonn today approved the technical provisions for REDD+, creating a standardized set of mechanisms that countries can begin incorporating into their climate strategies. Still unclear, however, is whether countries can meet their emission-reduction obligations by reducing deforestation abroad.

By Steve Zwick

This article was initially...

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Indigenous People Explore Many Shades Of REDD

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 11:59 AM

About This Series 

Forest people have managed their land sustainably for hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of years. They...

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Voluntary Buyers Spend Nearly $4.5 Billion on Offsets Over Last Decade

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 2:31 PM

The voluntary carbon markets have served as the testing ground for compliance programs all over the world, even moving forward when efforts to implement mandatory cap-and-trade programs stalled. This has led to the voluntary markets having an influence that extends...

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Is Your Balance Sheet an Effective Management Tool for Today and Tomorrow?

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 10:57 AM

Water challenges, climate change, and other such issues are changing the business operating context like nothing we've ever seen before. Future-oriented companies are beginning to consider and account for impacts -- with the plan of out-competing laggards to this change in context and business measures.

By Sissel Waage and...

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The Forest, The Farms and the Finance: Why the Tolo River People Turned to Carbon Finance

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:07 AM

About This Series 

Colombia's Tolo River People collectively own 32,000 acres of rainforest, and that forest feeds the river on which...

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