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An Introduction to Forest Trends. Our Mission:. Forest Trends seeks to accelerate the evolution of economic systems in which: Commerce sustains forest ecosystem services (e.g. watershed protection, biodiversity and carbon storage)

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our mission
Our Mission:
  • Forest Trends seeks to accelerate the evolution of economic systems in which:
    • Commerce sustains forest ecosystem services (e.g. watershed protection, biodiversity and carbon storage)
    • Companies and communities that manage forest ecosystems in a sustainable fashion receive market recognition, and
    • An equitable share of the benefits generated from forest-based commerce is returned to local communities.
our strategic goals
Our Strategic Goals:
  • Accelerate the development of markets for forest ecosystem services
  • Expand markets and investments that encourage improved forest management
  • Promote markets and investments that improve livelihoods of forest communities.
our niche
Our Niche

Focused on:

    • Forestry, the area outside of protected areas
    • Markets and market based instruments (MBIs)
    • Critical markets, not just forests
    • Forest landscapes, not just high conservation value forests
  • One step closer to commerce
forest services
Forest Services:
  • International Working Group on Markets for Environmental Services (“Katoomba Group”)
    • Convenings held in critical markets / critical forests:
      • Sydney, 2000; British Columbia, 2001; Brazil, 2001; London, 2002; and Tokyo, 2002
    • Products:
      • Introduction of Market-Based Instruments for forest services
      • Global scoping of MBIs for watershed management with cases (with WRI), MBIs for biodiversity (with The World Bank)
      • Interactive simulation trading game for environmental services
      • Support FLOWS as a dissemination mechanism
investment in sustainable forestry management
Investment in Sustainable Forestry Management:
  • East Asia Initiative
      • Yellow Mountain, China, May 2001

“Market-based Approaches to Sustainable Forestry Development and Forestry- based Poverty Alleviation: Global Trends and Implications for China”

      • Shanghai, China, September 2001“From Forest to Furniture: New Green Market Opportunities in China”
      • Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia, September 2001

“Commercial Forestry in the Russian Far East: Opportunities for Sustainable Trade, Conservation, and Community Development”

      • Advising China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development
  • Pacific Rim Initiative

To better coordinate existing interventions and new initiatives (w/ WWF, CIFOR, RCEEE, Weyerhaeuser, etc.)

      • Joint plan, market and investment analysis
investment in sustainable forestry management1
Investment in Sustainable Forestry Management :
  • Forest Conservation Finance:
    • Developing scorecard/due diligence criteria for socially responsible investments
    • Initiating design of forest ecosystem investment fund
  • Emerging Issues:
    • Assess impact of certification movement and challenges ahead
    • Analysis of best practices of forest plantations
    • Consumption: information on alternative paper sources, building materials and packaging materials
forests and livelihoods
Forests and Livelihoods
  • Strategic Information:

Reports: forest and tenure, status and issues

      • Who Owns the World’s Forests?
      • Making Markets Work for Forest Communities
  • Catalyzing Market Connections
    • With local stakeholders, evaluate market chains of community forest products, work towards addressing gaps and structural constraints
    • Brazil, China, India and Mexico