Partnerships for Forests expansion into Latin America was announced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in 2017 during the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany. 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; over 60% of its land area is covered by forest, most within the Amazon basin — the largest continuous mass of the world’s tropical forests.
The region is also an agricultural powerhouse. Global demand for food, energy, fibres and other materials provides strong incentives for further expansion of agricultural activities in the region. It also poses a challenge to the climate agenda since there is a constant need to reduce—and even reverse—the sector’s legacy of greenhouse gas emissions.
Partnerships for Forests investment portfolio in Latin America is dedicated to ensuring that economic activities take place side-by-side with forest conservation, sustained by improved productivity and profitability.
The programme aims to promote sustainable rural business initiatives that can positively impact land-use management and attract private capital for large-scale change. The private sector plays a central role in building a sustainable, vibrant and inclusive rural economy and helps to reduce, and absorb, greenhouse gas emissions.
Our online portfolio provides an overview of each supported initiative, its surrounding challenges, and the solutions it offers. It can provide meaningful insights to entrepreneurs, investors, local communities and other stakeholders in the land-use sector globally that, when successfully addressed, can be replicated elsewhere under similar circumstances.
Learn how to submit a new proposal to Partnerships for Forests in Latin America. We are always interested in new initiatives.
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.
News & Events
Producing Right, a sustainable journey
Presenting the positive and sustainable journey of Producing Right (Produzindo Certo in Portuguese) in making its business profitable and scalable as a private company in Brazil.
Sustainable açaí and heart of palm in Colombia
Presenting the successful story of Planeta, a regional business built around non-timber forest products in the departments of Antioquia and Chocó, in Colombia.
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.
The Seed Paths Initiative
The Seed Paths Initiative works to strengthen forest restoration in Brazil through a direct seeding technique – a low-cost restoration method with strong social and environmental benefits.
Padrões mínimos de conformidade para acessar investimentos
Esse guia prático foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de apoiar uma gama distinta de empreendedores – de pequenas e médias empresas a cooperativas e associações rurais – a desenvolver competências básicas para enfrentarem processos por vezes criteriosos de verificação de diligência de riscos e conformidade.