Non Governmental Organizations
Conservation International (CI)
Conservation International (CI) is a field-based, non-profit organization that protects the Earth's biologically richest areas and helps the people who live there improve their quality of life. CI uses science, economics, policy, and community involvement to promote biodiversity conservation in tropical rain forests and other endangered ecosystems worldwide. It focuses on trying to preserve and promote awareness about the world's most endangered biodiversity through scientific programs, local awareness campaigns, and economic initiatives. CI also works with multinational institutions, provides economic analyses for national leaders, and promotes 'best practices' that allow for sustainable development.
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an independent, international campaigning organization established in 1984. EIA is committed to investigating and exposing environmental crime such as the illegal trade in wildlife, illegal logging and trade in timber species, and the world-wide trade in ozone depleting substances. Working undercover, EIA has directly brought about changes in international laws and the policies of governments, saving the lives of millions of rare and endangered animals and putting a s to the devastating effects of environmental criminals. EIA is a small organization which relies on donations from the public, the support of EIA members, the efforts of volunteer fund-raisers and the support of charitable foundations.
Fern is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with charity status. It was created in 1995 by the World Rainforest Movement. NGO representatives from different European countries make up its board. Fern works closely with many national and international NGOs and advocates changes in European Union activities to achieve the sustainable management of forests and respect for the rights of forest peoples. Fern also co-ordinates NGOs working in this field.
Founded in 1936, the Ford Foundation operated as a local philanthropy in the State of Michigan until 1950, when it expanded to become a national and international foundation. Since its inception it has been an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization. The Foundation works mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. It has provided slightly more than $10 billion in grants and loans. These funds derive from an investment portfolio that began with gifts and bequests of Ford Motor Company stock by Henry and Edsel Ford. The Foundation no longer owns Ford Motor Company stock, and its diversified portfolio is managed to provide a perpetual source of support for the Foundation's programs and operations. The goals of the Ford Foundation are to (1) strengthen democratic values; (2) reduce poverty and injustice; (3) promote international cooperation; and (4) advance human achievement. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Russia explore opportunities to pursue the Foundation's goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.
Forest Policy and Environment Group (FPEG) of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
The Forest Policy and Environment Group (FPEG) of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) strives for a broader, more livelihood-oriented approach to the importance of trees and forests, focusing especially on institutional, policy and socio-economic aspects of sustainable forest management and conservation as well as on the interface between forests and other land-uses.
Beginning in 1996 a small group of leaders from forest industry, donors and environmental groups began to meet to consider the array of challenges facing the cause of forest conservation and decided to create a new organization - Forest Trends - to expand the work of bridging traditional divides and promoting market-based approaches to forest conservation. The mission of Forest Trends is to maintain and restore forest ecosystems by promoting incentives that diversify trade in the forest sector, moving beyond exclusive focus on lumber and fiber to a broader range of products and services. Forest Trends seeks to accelerate the evolution of economic systems in which (1) commerce sustains forest ecosystem services; (2) markets recognize the multiple services and values that forests provide society, and reward companies that manage forest ecosystems in a sustainable fashion; and (3) local communities receive an equitable share of the benefits generated from forest-based commerce.
Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International
The Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI) is a network of eleven NGO members who work together to achieve similar goals. Each member is a national development agency, with its own Board of Directors, and can operate singularly and independently. FSPI does not control the independent operations of its members and enforces only management and ethical responsibilities of membership. The eight island members of FSPI are local development NGOs dedicated to integrated rural development in their countries. They include FSP Fiji, Foundation for People and Community Development Inc. in Papua New Guinea, FSP Kiribati, O le Siosiomaga Society in Samoa, Solomon Islands Development Trust, Tonga Trust, Tuvalu Association of Non-Government Organizations and FSP Vanuatu. Their programs are defined by the needs identified from their grassroots constituencies and they work in close partnership with local and national governments as well as other local and international NGOs to achieve the priority rural development aims of their countries.
Friends of the Earth (FOE) International
Friends of the Earth’s International Program aims to protect the global environment and local communities by opposing the activities of international institutions and corporations that threaten the planet's future, and by promoting environmentally sound alternatives. The International Program is a federation of autonomous environmental organizations from all over the world.
Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN)
Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN) is an international non-governmental organization, established in 1990, to help further a global movement of popular action against one of the world's most pervasive threats to world food and livelihood security: genetic erosion. GRAIN is registered in Spain as an international, non-profit foundation. It has offices in Barcelona and in Los Baños, the Philippines. As wholly autonomous organization, GRAIN is financed by grants from NGOs, governments and intergovernmental organizations. The organization is governed by a Board composed of dedicated individuals — scientists, grassroots field workers, development NGOs and policy makers — acting in their personal capacity.
Global Forest Watch (GFW)
Global Forest Watch is an international data and mapping network that combines on-the-ground knowledge with digital technology to provide accurate information about the world's forests.
Greenpeace is one of the world's pre-eminent environmental NGOs,with offices in 39 countries. Greenpeace has campaigned on a range of environmental issues including nuclear testing, whaling, commercial exploitation in Antarctica and a variety of forestry issues.
International Alliance of the Indigenous-Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests (IAITPTF)
The International Alliance of the Indigenous-Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests (IAITPTF) is the worldwide network of the organizations of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples living in tropical forest countries, namely in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The Alliance was founded in 1992, during a conference of indigenous peoples in Malaysia, where the Charter of the Alliance was approved.
International Ecotourism Society
The International Ecotourism Society was founded in 1990 to foster a true sense of synergy between outdoor travel entrepreneurs, researchers and conservationists.
International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction is a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of the rural poor in developing countries through rural reconstruction: a sustainable, integrated and people-centered development strategy generated through practical field experiences.
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
For development to be sustainable it must integrate environmental stewardship, economic development and the well-being of all people – not just for today but for countless generations to come. This is the challenge facing governments, non-governmental organizations, private enterprises, communities and individuals. By applying tools such as policy research, information exchange, analysis and advocacy, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) meets this challenge by advancing policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic instruments, climate change, measurement and indicators, and natural resource management to make development sustainable. By using Internet communications, IISD covers and reports on international negotiations and brokers knowledge gained through collaborative projects with global partners, resulting in more rigorous research, capacity building in developing countries and a better dialogue between North and South.
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is an international organization established by treaty in November 1997, dedicated to improving the social, economic, and environmental benefits of bamboo and rattan. INBAR connects a global network of partners from the government, private, and not-for-profit sectors in over 50 countries to define and implement a global agenda for sustainable development through bamboo and rattan.
IUCN - The World Conservation Union
IUCN - The World Conservation Union was founded in 1948 and brings together 78 states, 112 government agencies, 735 non-government agencies, 35 affiliates, and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. IUCN's mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. Within the framework of global conventions IUCN has helped over 75 countries to prepare and implement national conservation and biodiversity strategies. IUCN has approximately 1000 staff, most of whom are located in its 42 regional and country offices while 100 work at its Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.
Iwokrama International Center for Rain Forest Conservation and Development
The Iwokrama International Center for Rain Forest Conservation and Development is an autonomous international conservation, research and development organization formed by agreement between the Government of Guyana and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Iwokrama is responsible for the management, conservation and sustainable development of about 360,000 hectares of pristine tropical forest, which Guyana has dedicated to the international community to be used to demonstrate how tropical forests can provide economic benefit while conserving biodiversity. The Centers mission is to promote the conservation and the sustainable and equitable use of tropical rain forests in a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits to the people of Guyana and to the world in general, by undertaking research, training and the development and dissemination of technologies.
Native Forest Network (NFN)
The Native Forest Network (NFN) is a global, autonomous collective of forest activists, indigenous peoples, conservation biologists, and non-governmental organizations. It functions on a consensus basis and is non-violent, non-hierarchical, and non-patriarchic. Furthermore, NFN is non-discriminatory on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, class, or species. The mission of the Network is to protect the Earth's remaining native forests, be they temperate or otherwise, to ensure they can survive, flourish, and maintain their evolutionary potential. NFN's goals are to (1) ensure the maintenance of biodiversity and ecological integrity; (2) recognize the rights of indigenous people and forest dwellers and to ensure that cultural values of ecosystems are identified and protected; and (3) maintain the ecological productivity of natural and modified ecosystems for the benefit of all species, including humans.
Plant A Tree Today (PATT) Foundation, Ltd.
PATT (Plant-A-Tree-Today) Foundation's mission is to react to problems caused by deforestation, raise awareness of environmental issues and the role forests play, take action against climate change, educate children on these issues and to plant more trees. PATT currently works in Asia to campaign for better environmental practices, implement tree plating projects as well as provide funding for partner projects, set up school tree nurseries and provide environmental education, and fund community development projects in rural communities focused on tree planting.
Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) works to protect the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. RAN is a non-profit, member-based organization. RAN accomplishes its mission through dynamic, hard-hitting campaigns that work to bring corporate and governmental policies into alignment with popular support for rainforest conservation. RAN works in alliance with environmental and human rights groups around the world, including indigenous forest communities and non-governmental organizations in rainforest countries.
The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests for the benefit of the global community. Its mission is to develop and promote economically viable and socially desirable alternatives to the destruction of this endangered, biologically diverse natural resource through education, research in the social and natural sciences, and the establishment of cooperative partnerships with businesses, governments, and local peoples.
Rainforest Foundation, UK
The mission of the Rainforest Foundation is to support indigenous people and traditional populations of the world's rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfil their rights by assisting them in securing and controlling the natural resources necessary for their long term well being and managing these resources in ways which do not harm their environment, violate their culture or compromise their future; and developing means to protect their individual and collective rights and to obtain, shape and control basic services from the State.
In Germany in 1982, a dozen environmentalists came together because they could no longer just sit back and watch the forests perish. They called themselves 'Robin Wood', inspired by the legendary character. Initially Robin Wood focused on the topic of acid rain. Thus several chimney stacks were scaled and 'occupied' by adventurous environmentalists and decorated with banners of protest and warning. Meanwhile, further issues have been adopted: Robin Wood is campaigning against the destruction of tropical rain forests, against the wasteful use of energy and increasing levels of rubbish, and we are working for a reasonable transport policy. Whether Robin Wood is climbing the roof of some major power supply company or expressing its opinion to the government unignorably on an enormous banner, Robin Wood activists can be seen there in their leisure time. The majority of the organization's work - whether spectacular events, information stands, lectures or publications - is carried out by unpaid volunteer workers. In specialized work, public relations and administration, they work hand in hand with officers of the organization. Important decisions are all made in a grassroots democratic manner, and elected regional representatives meet regularly to decide on group policy and activities.
Taiga Rescue Network (TRN)
The Taiga Rescue Network (TRN) is working to support local struggles and strengthen the cooperation between individuals, NGOs and indigenous peoples and nations concerned with the protection, restoration and sustainable use of the world's boreal forests by means that ensure the integrity of natural processes and dynamics. The goals of TRN are to protect old-growth northern forests, promote sustainable forest management in the boreal zones, ensure indigenous rights and local control of resources, and reduce industrial extraction and overall consumption of boreal forest products. TRN is an instrument to be used by its participants to strengthen their work on all levels. The Network provides guidance and ensures skill sharing, information exchange, co-ordination and increased knowledge. It works towards education and the implementation of projects and maintains the regional overview of project activities. TRN unites a wide variety of groups, cultures, languages, experiences and interests. A guiding principle is to learn from each other, benefit from each other's diversity and strengthen cooperation and collaboration on international level.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit organization founded in 1951, is the world's largest private international conservation group. Working with communities, businesses and individuals, the organization protects millions of acres of valuable lands and waters worldwide. The mission of the Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
TRAFFIC is the wildlife trade monitoring program of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN). TRAFFIC's mission is to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. The TRAFFIC Network works in co-operation with the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It also collaborates with a wide range of other partners, including the IUCN Species Survival Commission, many governments and other organisations.
Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF)
The Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) is a non-government organization committed to promoting sustainable forest management throughout the tropical world. TFF seeks to achieve its goals by supporting and promoting reduced impact logging (RIL) strategies in recognition of the crucial role RIL has in the achievement of sustainable forest management and forest certification. The activities of TFF include collecting and disseminating information, conducting training programs, carrying out RIL research and demonstration, and developing guidelines, training materials, and technical procedures manuals in support of RIL. TFF now has field programs in Brazil, Indonesia, and Guyana.
Tropical Forest Trust (TFT)
To help address forest loss worldwide, a number of major European companies trading in tropical wood products have come together to form the Tropical Forest Trust (TFT). The TFT members believe that they can help influence forest management in the tropics to ensure greater forest conservation. They are aware that trade in tropical wood from poorly managed forests can directly drive forest destruction, but believe that wood harvested from well managed forests will help to conserve forests and the wealth of species they support. TFT seeks to make a positive contribution to forest conservation by encouraging their suppliers to use wood that comes from forests that are third party certified or from forests that are clearly progressing towards certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). In addition, TFT funds specific projects that are designed to achieve certification. It has sponsored projects in Cambodia and Lao PDR, and is funding a major forest management project in Vietnam.
Village Development Trust (VDT)
Village Development Trust (VDT) is an indigenous non-government organization that has been working in Papua New Guinea and throughout the South Pacific since 1990. It has become recognized as a leader in the fields of ecoforestry and conservation. Its work has evolved over this time to include a series of courses and workshops, professional field support services, education aids, and model projects that emphasize an integrated approach to the issues of conservation awareness, environmental protection, and the practical sustainable development of village resources.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Since 1895, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has worked from its Bronx Zoo headquarters in New York City to save wildlife and wild lands throughout the world. WCS uniquely combines the resources of wildlife parks in New York with field projects around the globe to inspire care for nature, provide leadership in environmental education, and help sustain the Earth's biological diversity. Today, WCS is at work in 53 nations across Africa, Asia, Latin and North America, protecting wild landscapes that are home to a vast variety of species from butterflies to tigers.
World Forestry Center (WFC)
The World Forestry Center (WFC) is a non-profit educational institution located in Portland, Oregon, USA. The Center's mandate is to educate the general public, from pre-school children through adults, about forestry and forest policy issues, and to promote the adoption of sustainable forest management. The Center operates a museum, conference facilities and two demonstration forests, and undertakes a large number of educational activities with schools and youth groups. WFC also administers an international research fellowship program involving young to mid-career forestry professionals.
World Rainforest Movement (WRM)
The World Rainforest Movement (WRM) is an international network of citizens' groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests. It works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and supports their efforts to defend the forests from commercial logging, dams, mining, plantations, shrimp farms, colonization and settlement and other projects that threaten them. The WRM International Secretariat is headquartered in Montevideo, Uruguay, while its European Office is based in Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom.
World Resources Institute (WRI)
The World Resources Institute (WRI) provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems. Its mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect the Earth's environment for current and future generations. The WRIprogram meets global challenges by using knowledge to catalyze public and private action. Particular objectives are (1) to reverse the rapid degradation of ecosystems, assuring their capacity to provide the goods and services on which human well being depends; (2) to halt the changes to the Earth's climate caused by human activity; (3) to catalyze the adoption of policies and practices that expand prosperity while reducing the use of materials and generation of wastes; and (4) to guarantee people's access to information and decisions regarding natural resources and environment.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
The goal of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is to stop, and eventually reverse, the worsening degradation of the planet's natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF is working to achieve this goal through (1) preserving genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity; (2) ensuring that the use of natural resources is sustainable both now and in the longer term, for the benefit of all life on Earth; and (3) promoting action to reduce pollution and wasteful consumption to a minimum. WWF now operates in over 100 countries, supported by nearly five million people worldwide. Its initials and famous Panda logo have become a powerful rallying point for everyone who cares about the future of the planet and wants to help shape it in a positive way.