Latin America

Partnerships for Forests expansion into Latin America was announced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in 2017 during the 23rd UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) in Bonn, Germany.

Latin America is home to 22% of the forested areas globally. Brazil alone contains the largest forest area in the world; 62% of its land area is covered by forest, a great part of it situated in the Amazon basin, which is the largest continuous mass of the world’s tropical forests.

Latin America is also an agricultural powerhouse. The global demand for food provides strong incentives for further expansion of agricultural activities in the region and Partnerships for Forests is dedicated to ensuring these economic activities take place side-by-side with forest conservation, sustained by improved productivity and profitability.

The programme also aims at increasing the value of the great amount of native forests still standing in Latin America by facilitating economically viable options for local communities. Lastly, Partnerships for Forests promotes economic forest-restoration activities and attract investors to finance the rehabilitation of already degraded forest areas.

Our current focus countries are Brazil, Colombia and Peru. 

Case studies

From Seeds to Forest: Combined strategies to strengthen forest restoration in Brazil

This case study outlines some early stage results emerging from two initiatives working to promote and scale an innovative direct seeding technique in Brazil’s reforestation sector.

A sweet taste for forests

This case study tells the story of a multi-partner initiative turning cocoa into a restoration driver in Brazil’s leading deforestation state.

A Year in Latin America

A year into our expansion into Latin America, we reflect on key learnings from the period, with a series of recommendations for both entrepreneurs and investors in the climate-smart land use sector in Colombia and Brazil.

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