Forest Trends

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1998, Wash; 60 staff; sust forests; new paradigm to value ecosystems


(1998, Washington;

Seeks “to shift the economic paradigm…to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests.” Initiatives: 1) Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program, an international partnership of some 80+ leading conservation organizations, companies, governments, and financial institutions developing, testing and implementing best practice on biodiversity offsets; 2) The Katoomba Group, an international network of individuals working to promote and improve capacity related to markets and payments for ecosystem services (PES), including watershed protection, biodiversity habitat, and carbon storage; 3) Communities and Markets, linking communities to environmental markets by promoting awareness and capacity for communities to participate in and benefit from payments and compensation schemes that value their stewardship role of ecosystem services; 4) Ecosystems Marketplace, providing information on policy, finance, regulation, science, business and other market-relevant factors for ecosystem services; 5) Forest and Trade Finance, aggressively engaging with the Chinese Government and research agencies to encourage sustainable forest management and forest trade policies; 6) Water Initiative, aiming to protect marine ecosystem services by harnessing markets and private sector investment to complement conventional coastal and marine management and safeguard human well-being; 7) Public Private Co-Finance Initiative, focused on creating public private architectures that increase the amount of capital flowing to land use practices that reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation. Publications, reports and newsletters in each of these domains.  President and CEO: Michael Jenkins (former MacArthur Foundation Associate Director for Global Security and Sustainability); 60 staff.

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