A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment



United Nations forest-related institutions

International Arrangement on Forests

     UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)

     UNFF Secretariat

     UNFF Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN)

     UNFF Trust Fund

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs


UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

     Collaborative Partnership on Forests

     Forestry Department  

     Forests and Climate change

     Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI)

     Global Forest Resources Assessments

     National Forest Monitoring  

     State of the World's Forests (SOFO) reports

Other intergovernmental organizations

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

     Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT)


          · “In December 2021, CIFOR and ICRAF completed a three-year programmatic and  

            operational merger process. While maintaining separate legal entities, CIFOR-ICRAF  

            now operates under a single governing Board and single leadership team, with a joint  

            regional structure and five joint research themes, all guided by the CIFOR-ICRAF  

            Strategy 2020–2030. The functional merger brings together more than 70 years of  

            combined expertise, over 700 staff working in 60 countries across the Global South,  

            offices in 25 countries, 14 host country agreements, nearly 200 active partnerships,  

            and intellectual assets published in some 25,000 research products. CIFOR and ICRAF  

            are CGIAR Research Centers. Born of the merger of the most trusted research  

            organizations on forests and trees–the Center for International Forestry Research  

            (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF)–CIFOR-ICRAF harnesses more than 70 years  

            of combined expertise and extensive partnership networks across Africa, Asia and  

            Latin America.”*

     Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


                 · Full title: Collaborating to Operationalise landscape Approaches for Nature,  

                       Developmentand Sustainability

     World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)

          · Formerly the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)

European Union FLEGT Facility (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade)

     · "The EU's FLEGT Action Plan was established in 2003. It aims to reduce illegal logging by

       strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance and promoting

       trade in legally produced timber.”


     · Forests

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR)

International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

    · Encourages investment in timber from sustainably-managed forests

World Bank

     BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes

International science & research institutions

Ancient Forest Exploration and Research

Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR)

Forest Carbon and Climate Program @ Michigan State University

Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO)

     · “...a global network of scientists and forest research sites dedicated to advancing long-term study of

        the world's forests. The network recognizes the importance of collaborating with local institutions

        to strengthen science capacity in an era of rapidly changing landscapes and climate to understand

        and predict forest dynamics.”

Forest History Society

Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI)

     · "...will provide answers to how deforestation has contributed to atmospheric CO2 concentrations,

        how much carbon forests will absorb in the future, and how habitat degradation will affect global


Global Forest Observation Initiative

Global Tree Assessment (GTA)

Harvard Forest

     Witness Tree Social Media Project

International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network @ Indian School of Business

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

     · “...a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists, which promotes

        global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological,

        economic and social aspects of forests and trees. IUFRO is 'the' global network for forest

        science cooperation. It unites more than 15,000 scientists in around 650 Member Organizations

        in over 125 countries, and is a member of ICSU. Scientists cooperate in IUFRO on a voluntary basis.”

     · Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP)

International initiatives & networks

     · Based on idea that each human can plant 400 trees and the pre-industrial global tree count

           would be restored

Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi)

Alliance for the Preservation of Forests

     · ”We are a group of responible manufactures and distributors who are determined to put an end

        to the deforestation imported into Europe via our commodity supply chains, along with a

        corresponding social exclusion.”

Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF)

Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA)

     Assisted migration

Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA)

Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR)

Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force

Trillion Tree Campaign

     · Formerly the Billion Trees Campaign

     WCS~WWF~Birdlife International site

     UN site

          · “A platform for the trillion tree community"


Professional societies

Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs (ANFT)

Forest History Society

     Research portal

International Network of Professional Forestry Associations (INPFA)

International Society of Arboriculture

Utility Arborist Association

Private sector institutions & consultancies

Canopy Timber Alternatives

Chain Reaction Research

     · "...conducts free sustainability risk analysis for financial analysts, credit analysts, commercial

     bankers, institutional investors, corporations, and other stakeholders. Our special focus is

     demonstrating that deforestation is material financial risk. We focus on tropical deforestation-

     related commodities including palm oil, soy, cattle, coffee, cacao, timber pulp and paper, and

     other products."


Family Forest Research Center

Forisk Consulting

New Forests

     · "...a sustainable real assets investment manager offering leading-edge strategies in forestry,

       land management, and conservation."


Unique Forestry and Land Use

NGOs ~ General

American Forests

Arbor Day Foundation

     Tree Campus Healthcare

California Tropical Forest Standard

Climate Smart Land Network

Community Forest International

Dogwood Alliance

     · Not limited to dogwood trees; encourages protection of all trees

Ecoforestry Institute Society

Eden Reforestation Projects


Finance for Forests Initiative

Finite Carbon

FLARE (Forests & Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement)

Forest Carbon Portal

Forest Carbon Works

Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative

Forest Heroes

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)

Forest Trends

     · "Together with partners around the world, Forest Trends pioneers innovative finance for conservation

       - promoting healthy forests, sustainable agriculture, clean water, robust climate action, protected

       biodiversity, and strong communities."


Global Canopy

Global Forest Coalition

     · The GFC's Members page contains a helpful list of forest-focused organizations.

Global Trees Campaign

Greenpeace Forests

International Society of Tropical Foresters

     · Not updated since 2012

International Tree Foundation

LEAF International

Nature Conservancy (TNC)

     Plant a Billion Trees campaign

     Rio Bravo Climate Action Project

One Tree Planted

     · "Since 2014, we have planted over 135.5 million trees with 378 partners across 82 countries in North

       America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific.”

Partnerships for Forests [UK]

Plant a Tree @ World Land Trust


Queen's Commonwealth Canopy

     · launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, in 2015. The QCC is a unique network of forest conservation

     initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth

The Restoration Initiative (TRI)

Rights & Resources Initiative

SPOTT: Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit

Stand For Trees


Sustainable Forests @ Climate Investment Funds

Trees for the Future



Wild Heritage

     · A project of Earth Island Institute

World Resources Institute (WRI)

     Global Forest Review



     Timber Scorecard

NGOs ~ Rainforest

Coalition for Rainforest Nations

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Foundation Norway

Rainforest Foundation UK

Rainforest Foundation US

Rainforest Partnership

Rainforest Rescue

Rainforest Trust

World Rainforest Movement

Forests institutions

Contents of this page:

     · United Nations forest-related institutions

       · Other intergovernmental organizations

         · International science & research institutions

           · International initiatives & networks

             · Professional societies

               · Private sector institutions & consultancies

                 · NGOs

                        ~ General

                        ~ Rainforest

Also see for place-based forest institutions:

     · World geography & transboundary regions hub

       · Nations A>Z