Forest Trends


Name of initiative Forest Trends
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NAZCA Initiative No
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Starting year 1998
End year
Secretariat Forest Trends Association, 1203 19th Street, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20036, US.

e-mail:, phone: +1 (202) 298-3000

Organisational structure Forest Trends' mission is to conserve forests and other ecosystems through the creation and wide adoption of a broad range of environmental finance, markets and other payment and incentive mechanisms. Beginning in 1996, a small group of leaders from forest industry, donors, and environmental groups began to meet to consider the array of challenges facing forest conservation and began to identify common ground. This group recognized the respective contributions and limits of their own institutions and decided to create a new organization - Forest Trends - to expand this work of bridging traditional divides and promoting market-based approaches to forest conservation. n 1998, the group agreed on an organizational model for the new organization. Forest Trends would be a small, nimble, and responsive non-profit organization with three principal roles: convening market players to advance market transformations, generating and disseminating critical information to market players, and facilitating deals between different critical links in the value chains of new forestry. Forest Trends' origins and focus on market approaches are its unique strengths. The Board is unusual in that it internalizes the wide diversity of opinion and interest active in global forest issues, yet is bound by the common desire to increase the contribution of markets to improved forest conservation and the livelihoods of people. This unique combination of diversity and common ground enables the organization to better understand the issues and trade-offs associated with different perspectives and to help provide leadership for reconciliation. It also establishes a powerful platform from which Forest Trends can survey the horizon for emerging issues and opportunities, so that it can help bring into focus some of the longer-term global dimensions.
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Forest Trends Association
Type of lead organisation NGO/Civil Society
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America


Description Forest Trends is a Washington D.C.-based international non-profit organization that was created in 1998 by leaders from conservation organizations, forest products firms, research groups, multilateral development banks, private investment funds and philanthropic foundations.
Objectives Our mission is four-fold: 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.
One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Technical dialogue
Activity of initiative Knowledge production and innovation, Knowledge dissemination and exchange
Knowledge production and innovation — Knowledge production or publication produced
Value (#)15
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Participants Number Names
Members 6  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 6 Forest Trends is the umbrella organisation of several Initiatives named: Ecosystem Marketplace (USA),  The Katoomba Group (USA),  Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program - BBOP (USA),  Mares (Italy),  Chesapeake Fund (USA),  Forest Trade and Finance (USA). Each Initiative has its own membership with different stakeholders.
Supporting partners 1 MacArthur Foundation(1)
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 4 July 2019 09:26:59

Not only have national states as participators