Strategic partnerships help states and provinces advance their climate and forest work at both local and global scales.
CTrees is a nonprofit organization that delivers science-driven data on emissions and removals of forest carbon to governments, companies, and organizations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation and to restore forests. The CTrees team includes scientists and engineers with more than 20 years of experience in building carbon monitoring systems for global forests and solutions that have informed climate change policies. CTrees has produced a data pipeline and digital measuring, reporting, and verification (MRV) system to quantify changes in carbon in forests from land use activities.
The GCF Task Force and CTrees have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to promote increased transparency and accuracy of data, including on tropical deforestation and degradation, in order to provide interested members of the GCF Task Force with additional remote sensing and data tools to assist in their environmental management and governance decisions.
Alianza MX is a systemwide initiative of the University of California (UC) that seeks to support the UC’s role as Mexico’s primary institutional research and scientific partner; mobilize talent and funding for U.S.-Mexico research teams, who explore new ideas and create new knowledge across diverse areas, from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to social science, the arts and humanities; contribute to UC’s efforts to train a future generation of researchers, who understand the reality on both sides of the border; and through binational, action-research programs, provide innovative solutions to challenges facing the United States and Mexico in issues such as: climate change, energy transition, and biodiversity conservation.
The GCF Task Force and Alianza MX entered into this Partnership to advance partnerships between subnational governments and academic institutions, in particular through research universities in California and Mexico. One of our top priorities is to develop knowledge exchanges between universities, faculty, and students, so that together we can construct measurable metrics and applied research agendas and evaluate the results of our actions on the ground – especially in a way that bolsters and advances transparent and effective subnational climate action.
Tropical Forest Alliance
The Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) is a multi-stakeholder partnership platform hosted at the World Economic Forum. TFA was initiated to support the implementation of private sector commitments to remove deforestation from the supply chains of palm oil, beef, soy, and pulp and paper. Our partnership with TFA leverages and mobilizes our respective networks to support jurisdictional efforts to tackle commodity-driven deforestation. We do this by enhancing dialogue between governments and the private sector, increasing the flow of finance and investment towards jurisdictional programs, and working to secure jurisdictional sourcing agreements.
CDP is an international non-profit that drives cities, states and regions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests by providing a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Our partnership with CDP allows us to collaborate on opportunities to enhance reporting, disclosure, and assessment of state and regional action on climate and forest. We are also exploring opportunities for mobilizing investments towards zero deforestation commodity production.
The Rainforest XPRIZE is a 5-year competition that works to enhance our understanding of the rainforest ecosystem. Competing teams are developing novel technologies to rapidly and comprehensively survey rainforest biodiversity. USD 10 million will be awarded to the team with the winning strategy. Our partnership with the XPRIZE Foundation draws upon our long-standing relationships with governments, civil society, Indigenous Peoples and local communities to strengthen the competition. We are working with Rainforest X-Prize leaders to increase visibility and attract global participation, facilitate engagement at the highest levels of government, and promote the involvement of and support to Indigenous Peoples and local communities within our network over the course of the competition.
Masters of the Environment at the University of Colorado
The Masters of the Environment (MENV) program is an interdisciplinary graduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder that transforms students into leaders equipped to address our most pressing environmental challenges. In 2020, a team of MENV graduate students produced an investment strategy report and toolkit for creating a corporate pitch book in the pilot region of San Martín, Peru. The team’s project and associated resources are available at: