Philanthropy is advancing Forests, People, Climate (FPC), a global coalition to stop tropical deforestation by 2030 while delivering just, sustainable development.
Geographic focus: Brazilian Amazon, Congo Basin, and Indonesia
As crucial carbon sinks, tropical forests absorb nearly 1.5 times more carbon than the U.S. emits annually, but are being lost to deforestation at a rate equivalent to 10 soccer fields per minute. The result is a double threat for climate: cut forests lose their natural capacity as carbon “sinks” and release stored carbon, contributing 10 to 15 percent of global emissions. Every climate model tells us that stopping tropical deforestation is critical to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
FPC’s field-led approach comprises Indigenous, grassroots, and community-based groups to advance equitable and enduring solutions that safeguard forests and provide direct support to those working to defend them, while ending the financial incentives that drive deforestation and ensuring the integrity of supply chains and carbon markets.
Because ending tropical deforestation is essential to reaching our climate goals, philanthropy has an unprecedented opportunity to catalyze the social, political, and economic conditions necessary to make forests more valuable standing than cut—setting the stage to unlock public and private sector funding at the scale required for success.