About a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation, agriculture and other land uses. Rising populations, incomes and demand for food, fuel and fibre will continue to put forests under pressure.
At the same time, international pledges such as the New York Declaration on Forests and multinational companies’ commitments to sustainable supply chains present a unique opportunity to halt deforestation and reduce land degradation.
Currently, markets fail to attach a value to the social and environmental benefits that forests provide. As a result, sustainable investments that do factor in these benefits can be hard to realise. More often than not, the short-term economic gains from degrading or converting forests are greater than those from leaving them standing.
New approaches are needed, which engage all key actors – private, public and people.
Partnerships for Forests catalyses investments in which the private sector, public sector and communities can achieve shared value from sustainable forests and sustainable land use.
By creating market-ready ‘Forest Partnerships’ that offer an attractive balance of risks and benefits for the private sector, public sector and communities, the programme aims to mobilise significant investment, principally from the private sector.
The programme also supports demand side measures that strengthen demand for sustainable commodities, and activities to create the right enabling conditions for sustainable investment.
The five-year programme is funded by the UK Department for International Development and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It currently operates in Central, East and West Africa, South East Asia and Latin America.
People & Partners
The Partnerships for Forests team offers a unique mix of experience and skills in private participation in forestry and sustainable land use. Programme managers and technical experts work alongside a pool of specialists to deliver our vision and provide world-class expertise in global commodity supply chains.
The Junior Professional Programme
The Partnerships for Forests Junior Professional (JP) Programme is a one-year structured professional development opportunity designed around experiential learning to give recent graduates real-time work experience aligned with the needs and objectives of Partnerships for Forests. Partnerships for Forests will appoint a total of 20 JPs over the life of the programme (five years), i.e.