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.
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.
Restoring degraded lands in tropical forests: How the Seed Paths Initiative is enabling forest restoration pilots in Brazil
This case study explores how the Seed Paths Initiative supported over 30 pilots between 2019-20 to restore diverse environments across Brazil including the Amazon, Cerrado and Atlantic Rainforest biomes with an innovative direct seeding approach.
Strengthening sustainable sourcing commitments: Early results on improving sustainability in the Brazilian beef industry
This case study looks at early results from Partnerships for Forests’ support to a number of initiatives that are working with the Brazilian beef industry to strengthen sustainability commitments and improve the environment for sustainable sourcing of cattle and beef.
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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Coopavam: Untapping the green power of Brazil nuts
This video takes a look at how Brazilian cooperative Coopavam is working closely with indigenous communities to protect forests and improve livelihoods in the Amazon, with support from Partnerships for Forests.
Conecta – Partnerships for Responsible Agriculture
This video shares how the Conecta partnership combines a sustainability protocol with a monitoring tool to offer a streamlined, comprehensive solution for achieving transparency across the value chain for the Brazilian beef industry.
Strengthening sustainability commitments in the Brazilian beef sector
In this video, Partnerships for Forests showcases the solutions that the programme supports towards a more sustainable and resilient beef production in the Brazilian Amazon.
The Brazilian Beef Sector Sustainability Commitments Report
This report explores how key partners in the Brazilian beef sector – and slaughterhouses in particular – are taking action to support the conservation of one the most iconic and biodiverse biomes in the world.
Jagua: The first natural blue colour additive from Colombia to the world
Pioneer company Ecoflora has managed to unlock the commercial uses of the Jagua fruit, bringing the first ever stable, natural blue colourant to the world food industry while protecting Colombian forests.