Forest Trends

Project 38 of 49


Forest Trends is a Washington D.C.-based international non-profit organization that was created in 1999 by leaders from conservation organizations, forest products firms, research groups, multilateral development banks, private investment funds and philanthropic foundations.

Their mission is four-fold: to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests. We do this by analyzing strategic market and policy issues, catalyzing connections between forward looking producers, communities and investors, and developing new financial tools to help markets work for conservation and people. Our approach integrates the fundamental dimensions of ecology, economy and equity because our goal is to have an impact on a scale that is meaningful globally and for a diverse set of stakeholders (Source: Forest Trends 2012).


Forest Trend’s Marine Ecosystem Services (MARES) Program aims to protect crucial marine ecosystem services by harnessing markets and private sector investment. Forest Trend`s Katoomba Group is therefore analyzing carbon markets through the ecosystem marketplace program and working with local partners to develop on- the- ground projects to sell carbon credits.

MARES main objectives:

  • developing a solid foundation of understanding of marine ecosystem services and their economic value
  • elaborating best practices for the conservation of those services
  • communicating information about ecosystem services and the potential to effectively and efficiently protect them, in order to raise awareness and generate political will
  • helping to build a community of practice for marine payment of ecosystem services (PES) and other innovative financing mechanisms (Source: Forest Trends 2012a)

Blue Carbon-specific projects:

  • Analyzing carbon markets through the ecosystem marketplace program
  • Katoomba Group – working with local partners to develop on-the-ground projects to sell carbon credits




  • Winnie Lau: wlau (at)


Forest Trends (2012): Our Mission.

Forest Trends (2012a): MARES. Accessed September 7th, 2012