Author Archives: Anne Thiel

Anne Thiel is Forest Trends' Communications Manager, overseeing strategic communications planning, media outreach, publication production, and online content.


USAID and Forest Trends Sign $15 Million Agreement to Scale Up Green Infrastructure for Water Security in Peru

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Washington, DC | December 11, 2017 | On December 6th, 2017, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) committed $15 million to support scaling up green infrastructure as a measure to manage water risks in Peru. The commitment comes in the form of a cooperative agreement signed with Forest Trends, an international non-governmental organization that works to innovate and scale-up finance for conservation, to implement the Green Infrastructure for Water Security project.

“We are honored to …

Saving Traditions, Saving Lives, One Plant at a Time

His fever had spiked overnight, and in the early morning hours, his breathing had become labored and his pulse irregular. Within hours, the patient who had sought help for severe stomach pains had died. Naraiamat Surui, a nurse technician at the hospital and member of the same small Paiter Surui tribe as the patient, had watched in frustration as his friend slid toward death after doctors administered drugs for his agonizing stomach pain.

Naraiamat Surui had witnessed similar cases at …

Indigenous Cultures Trade Insights Deep in the Brazilian Amazon

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On a recent April day, the dense rainforest landscape of Acre, Brazil teemed with the dizzying diversity of wildlife that usually inhabits it. One could hear birds chirping, frogs croaking, and monkeys howling. But in addition, on this morning the sounds of traditional melodious chanting echoed through this small corner of the Amazon, adding to the colorful symphony that fills the rainforest on any given day.

The reason for the occasion was that the Surui, the

China’s Logging Ban Impacts Not Just Its Own Forestry Industry, but Others around the World as Well

At first glance, Chinas newly announced plans to expand bans on logging in its natural forests and to cut the countrys overall timber harvesting quotas may sound like good news for the environment. But when Forest Trends looked into the ramifications of some of the policies laid out in Chinas new Five-Year Plan, heres what we found:

This month, the Government of China released its 13th Five-Year Plan, which lays the …

Can Farms, Forests, and Grasslands Help U.S. Fight Climate Change?

Last December, when the gavel came down in Paris to seal the global climate change agreement, hundreds on hand to see the historic moment thrust their arms into the air in a moment of jubilation. At the same time, back here in the U.S. climate policy experts may have been throwing their arms up in exasperation as they watched domestic climate policies increasingly jeopardized.

A new report by Forest Trends and the Nicholas Institute at Duke University, “Building Carbon

The Paris REDD+ Roller Coaster

Coming into the Paris climate negotiations, Forest Trends and other conservation organizations were eager for the agreement to recognize the role that forests will need to play in solving the climate change crisis. Forest destruction is responsible for about 10% of all greenhouse gases emitted annually, and forest regrowth could store away up to 30% of all emissions, if forests are given space to flourish. Any serious attempt at laying out solutions for climate change must include forest conservation; without …

FT Recap: Emphasis on Forests Continues During Day Two at COP21

Day Two at the international climate conference here in Paris (COP21) featured another key announcement that under normal circumstances could have been expected at the end of these two-week long negotiations. Similar to the announcement by governments of Germany, Norway, and the UK on Day One, this announcement also featured forest protection as a central element, but came from the corporate side. Two influential players of the private sector, Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Unilever, pledged to ensure that their …