The Jane Goodall Institute, founded by Dr. Goodall in 1977, has advocated for and practiced community-engaged forest management policies for decades. Over the years, Jane has set the global standard for best practices for community forest conservation and restoration through her TACARE model. This approach engages all aspects of a community’s health and economic prosperity as key tools in safeguarding their forests. It is also about offering direct support to community and indigenous leaders, who are on the front lines when it comes to stopping illegal deforestation.
Global Forest Generation (GFG) is a co-founder of Accion Andina and partners with grassroots leaders and communities to regenerate forest ecosystems. Forest restoration efforts often lack on-the ground-capacity and long-term commitment. And local leaders who truly know how to engage their communities to restore their lands often lack resources and partnership opportunities. GFG supports local leaders, connects the best forest projects across entire ecosystems, and provides strategic, technical, and financial support to local partners and communities. It connects local project partners to governments, corporations, and global initiatives that can bring technology, resources, political support, and momentum to scale them up.
Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) is a 15-year global initiative that trains, resources, and catalyzes grassroots women-led efforts to protect our environment and build healthy, safe, and just communities now and into the future. WEA’s signature Accelerator provides leadership, strategy, and technical training for women leaders to scale their climate and environmental initiatives while connecting them to a global alliance of peers, mentors, and funders. In these environmentally fragile times, WEA Leaders are saving indigenous seeds, selling clean cookstoves, banning harmful toxins in their communities, saving endangered forests, launching regenerative farms, providing safe water, protecting land rights, and more.
One Tree Planted is a non-profit organization with a focus on global reforestation. They are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity, and help reforestation efforts worldwide, all by planting trees! They work with reforestation partners across 43 countries. These projects restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for wildlife.
International Tree Foundation (ITF) was founded in Kenya, in 1922. It is made up of tree planters, farmers, foresters, entrepreneurs, teachers, members, and supporters. Today, they work in nine African countries, across the UK and Ireland. ITF is dedicated to “planting the right species, in the right place, for the right reasons” and building successful relationships between trees and people. They are a community-led organization that works with the people whose livelihoods depend upon local forests to determine which trees to plant, where, and why so that they can develop prosperous, sustainable livelihoods that support forests for generations.
Rainforest Trust was founded in 1988 to purchase and protect the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through local partnerships and community engagement. Through these highly effective partnerships, they strive to ensure sustainable results necessary for the long-term protection of tropical ecosystems and the wildlife they hold. Their unique, cost-effective conservation model for protecting endangered species has been implemented successfully for over 30 years. Establishing new protected areas is a complex and challenging process, unique to each and every site. Recognizing these challenges, Rainforest Trust empowers local partners and researchers to explore how to implement protected areas.
American Forests (AF), founded in 1875, is the oldest national conservation non-profit in the US. Today, they are building a national reforestation movement to combat the rapid widespread degradation and destruction of forests across the US. AF develops scientific research and tools, supports forestry job training programs, advocates for and supports policies and programs that support science-based on-the-ground forestry initiatives, provides job opportunities in forestry for underserved communities, and plants trees carefully selected for their environment in rural and urban landscapes to combat climate change and promote social equality.
Plant-for-the-Planet is a global youth-led non-profit organization advocating for reforestation and ecosystem restoration around the world. Plant-for-the-Planet educates children and youth about the importance of addressing climate change and reforests and protects over 20,000 hectares near the Reserva de la Biosfera Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico. They also build online tools to help other restoration organizations raise funds for and monitor their efforts. Currently, over 150 projects in more than 40 countries have joined the platform. Plant-for-the-Planet is the operations manager for all forest protection and ecosystem restoration organizations for Trees for Jane.