Who we are

The Global Canopy Programme is a tropical forest think tank working to demonstrate the scientific, political and business case for safeguarding forests as natural capital that underpins water, food, energy, health and climate security for all. Our vision is a world where rainforest destruction has ended. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a deforestation free economy.

GCP as an organisation is determined in pursuit of our mission, and driven by core values of innovation, collaboration, optimism and respect for those we work with, in forests and beyond. The organisation is made up of individuals who are highly knowledgeable in their chosen fields who come together to create a strong multidisciplinary team with the right experience, ideas, and access to global networks of stakeholders (corporates, policy maker and financial institutions) which can be leveraged to deliver impact.

Demonstration of GCP’s capabilities to target and engage with key stakeholders can be seen with the pioneering initiatives laid out below.

  • High-level policymakers in forest and market countries, through our extensive work on REDD+and at the UNFCCC, including the REDD Desk knowledge sharing platform. Our Unlocking Forest Finance and Amazonia Security Agenda projects work closely with forest partner governments to provide technical assistance in enabling their transition to a green economy that balances social, environmental and economic benefits.
  • Global businesses exposed to forest risk commodities, through our Forest 500 transparency and accountability platform and strategic partnership with CDP Forests (originally GCP’s Footprint Disclosure Project). Forest 500 assesses, tracks and publically ranks the 250 corporate powerbrokers that can address tropical deforestation. Working closely with CDP Forests, who engage 162 corporations valued at US $3.2 trillion to disclose their ‘forest footprint’ annually, GCP supports companies to adopt and implement policies towards zero-deforestation.
  • Financial institutions that have committed to understand and account for their impacts and dependencies on tropical forests and other natural capital through their investments and lending, as part of the Natural Capital Declaration, a joint initiative with UNEP Finance Initiative. 40+ CEOs of banks, investors and insurance institutions are signatories and are working with GCP and UNEP FI towards meeting their commitments on understanding and accounting for natural capital considerations.