Forestry Program

Environmental degradation is a driver of poverty in developing countries and a cause of climate change around the world.

Deforestation and forest degradation contribute approximately 15% of human-caused carbon emissions. The Clinton Climate Initiative’s Forestry Program works with governments and communities in developing countries to reduce these emissions by developing sustainable solutions for managing forests and lands. Our goal is to provide developing countries with the knowledge and tools to improve land-use while helping to reduce carbon emissions by planting trees, improving farming practices, and building carbon measurement systems. This work has been supported through government aid funding from Australia, Germany and Norway, with additional project-based funding provided by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Strengthening Ecosystems and Livelihoods 

Our forest and landscape management projects reduce carbon emissions through conservation and restoration while delivering co-benefits such as protection of biodiversity and poverty alleviation for forest communities. Clinton Climate Initiative projects are designed to be replicable in other countries and are scalable to allow large-scale action.

We are currently working in Ethiopia and Kenya to catalyze large-scale restoration by providing the tools and financial models to restore degraded lands in East Africa. We are developing national maps that will show priority sites for forest restoration and demonstrate the value of reforestation by working with local communities to plant over 800,000 trees. We’re developing innovative financing models to fund forest restoration and will share these models across both countries to help communities deliver their own restoration projects.

Using Data to Transform Economies, Protect the Environment, and Change Lives

The System for Land‐based Emissions Estimation in Kenya (SLEEK) is a program to develop a robust and credible system for estimating land‐based emissions in Kenya. To do this, we’re working with the Government of Kenya to develop cutting-edge data tools that draw on land cover, soils and climate data to calculate greenhouse gas emissions associated with land use activities.

Kenya is leading the way in developing this comprehensive system. The collaborative effort will help ensure improved data collection and management, enhance communication among government departments that have lacked data, and will provide policy makers and landholders the means to make informed decisions about their land. Through SLEEK, Kenya will have for the first time a solution to this significant data challenge. SLEEK also provides a foundation for other countries to build similar systems.

By integrating the data sources, SLEEK will provide crucial information to inform natural resource management and agricultural decisions while making Kenya a prime destination for carbon credit investments. SLEEK data will be accessible to policy makers, communities and businesses through mobile apps. These simple, user-friendly data applications will address challenges and needs that have been directly identified by government and communities.