Posted by Ian Gray on Mon 10/23/2017

“It’s good to talk.”

Many people who were in the UK during the mid-1990s will remember the tagline that became synonymous with a UK telecoms firm and initially spoken by actor Bob Hoskins.

Posted by Forest Investme... on Thu 07/27/2017

In the 1990s, Mexico experienced one of the highest rates of deforestation across Latin American countries. While deforestation has slowed, it continues to be a problem along with comparatively higher rates of forest degradation. 

The Forest Investment Program (FIP) finances programmatic efforts to address underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation and to overcome barriers that have hindered past efforts, through three projects with a total investment of $66 million. 

Posted by Ian Gray on Mon 04/03/2017

When it comes to eliminating deforestation from commodity supply chains, it’s been an exciting last few years. Through the declarations made in New York and Amsterdam and most importantly the Paris Agreement, governments in many countries are making major commitments. 

Posted by André Rodrigues... on Mon 03/06/2017

We are in Namarebo, a small village in the district of Mocuba, in the province of Zambezia, Mozambique. Observing the inherent contrasts of rich natural resources and rural poverty, we ask ourselves how can the management of these natural resources translate into improved livelihoods for the community?

Posted by Berenice Hernan... on Wed 12/14/2016

I’m the Director of Financing within the National Forestry Commission of the Government of Mexico. The picture below is of where I was born, in a little town located in the mountains of Oaxaca. It was a great place to grow up and it was where I learned on a daily basis how important forests were to the livelihood of my community.

Posted by Ian Gray on Tue 09/13/2016

Forests are having a bit of a moment right now.  Hot on the heels of their inclusion in the Paris climate agreement, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry giving a keynote speech at the Oslo REDD Exchange and 800,000 citizens of Utter Pradesh setting a new world record for planting nearly 50 million trees in one day, forests are high on the agenda for those attending Climate Week in New York City. 

Posted by Rocio Sanz Cortes on Wed 07/20/2016

As we got out of the car and started walking to a cocoa farm in Ghana’s Western Region, I was happy to see some female cocoa farmers welcoming us. What a pleasant surprise! Knowing that it is not easy for women in West Africa to own or access productive land for their own use, I was very glad to see that the Forest Investment Program – FIP – is directly benefiting them.

Posted by Ian Gray on Mon 05/23/2016

Everyone likes chocolate, yes? I know a few people who love the stuff and I’m quite partial to the odd block or two myself. So while spending a few days at a recent Forest Investment Program (FIP) monitoring and reporting workshop in Ghana I travelled to meet some cocoa farmers near Bibiani and get the low down on everyone’s favorite treat.

Posted by Madhavi Pillai on Wed 09/09/2015

Meeting participantsEven a volcanic eruption, an airport closure, and an earthquake couldn’t stop the Global Steering Committee (GSC) meeting for the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM) taking place in Indonesia from July 25-27.  

Posted by Ian Hamilton on Tue 08/11/2015
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is often known for political instability, civil strife and poverty.  However, for many, DRC is better known for its vast forest resources. The country is home to Africa’s largest biome, covering nearly two-thirds of its landmass. 60%, or 155 million hectares, of the Congo Basin Forest system falls within the borders of DRC. This area of tropical forest, roughly the same size as France, is the world’s second largest forest system. It is responsible for the storage of 8% of the carbon contained in the Earth’s living forests.