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The New York-based company employs more than 10,000 people in over 135 offices around the world. Bloomberg is about information: accessing it, reporting it, analyzing it and distributing it, faster and more accurately than any other organization.

David and Lucille Packard Foundation

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation works to ensure opportunities for all children to reach their potential, to protect reproductive rights and stabilize world population, to conserve and restore the earth’s natural systems, and to encourage the creative pursuit of science.

Department for International DevelopmentThe Department for International Development (DFID) is the UK Government department responsible for promoting sustainable development and reducing poverty. The central focus of the Government’s policy is a commitment to the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals.
Forest Trends
Forest Trends

Forest Trends, a Washington, DC-based non profit organization, was created in 1999 by leaders from conservation organizations, forest products firms, research groups, multilateral development banks, private investment funds and philanthropic foundations. Its mission is to maintain and restore forest ecosystems by promoting incentives that diversify trade in the forest sector, moving beyond the exclusive focus on lumber and fiber to a broader range of products and services. To fulfill its mission Forest Trends works to accelerate development of markets for forest ecosystem services (such as watershed protection, biodiversity conservation and carbon storage), to expand markets of sustainably produced forest products and to advance markets that serve the interest of forest communities. Forest Trends convenes market players to advance market transformations, generates and disseminates critical information to market players, and facilitates deals among progressive actors in sustainable forestry.


Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a global partnership among 178 countries, international institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. It provides grants for projects related to six focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

The Katoomba Group

The Katoomba Group

The Katoomba Group is an international working group composed of leading experts from forest and energy industries, research institutions, the financial world, and environmental NGOs, all dedicated to facilitating strategic partnerships that can launch green forest products in the market place. To accomplish this, the Katoomba Group must build collective understanding of how market-based instruments for environmental services are constructed and the conditions in which they can work. The group met for the first time in Katoomba, Australia in May 2000 and subsequent meetings were held on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in October 2000 and in Teresopolis, Brazil in March 2001. Forest Trends serves as the secretariat for this group and coordinates inter-sessional work.


Moore Foundation

Established in September 2000, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for future generations. The Foundation’s science-based, results-driven orientation stems from the principles and interests of Gordon and Betty Moore. The Foundation operates proactively in three specific areas of focus—environmental conservation, science, and the San Francisco Bay Area—where a significant and measurable impact can be achieved.



The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Norad’s strategy towards 2010 states that Norad aims to be the centre of expertise for evaluation, quality assurance, and dissemination of the results of Norwegian development cooperation, jointly with partners in Norway, developing countries, and the international community.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. TNC has developed a strategic, science-based planning process, called Conservation by Design, to identify the highest-priority places—landscapes and seascapes that, if conserved, promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term. The Nature Conservancy seeks to partner with communities, businesses, governments, partner organizations, and individuals to preserve the earth’s lands and waters for future generations to use and enjoy.


Surdna Foundation

The Surdna Foundation serves the public good by operating a Family Foundation that funds, shapes, and promotes effective long-term solutions.  The Foundation analyzes issues fully, examine the larger systems which affect them, involve grantmakers and grant recipients, define the results we want to achieve, fund separately and collaboratively, work enthusiastically, and take risks to find the best solutions.


United Nations Development Programme

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP works with over 166 countries building their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As these countries develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners.



USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. The agency supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.

Us Forestry Service

US Forestry Service

The USDA Forest Service International Programs promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. By linking the skills of the field-based staff of the USDA Forest Service with partners overseas, International Programs can help address the most critical forestry issues and concerns around the world. International Programs regularly taps into the agency’s wide range of expertise—including wildlife biologists, forest economists, hydrologists, disaster and fire management specialists, and policy makers—from a staff of over thirty-five thousand employees. International Programs works with partners in the field—including the US Agency for International Development, international institutions, and non-governmental organizations— and adds value to projects on the ground. In addition to technical assistance, International Programs also offers intensive international seminars in the areas of protected area management, forestry administration and management, and watershed management.

Wildlands Inc

Wildlands Inc.

Wildlands is a habitat development, land management, and environmental planning company with projects throughout the Western and Southeastern United States. Established in 1991, Wildlands is a national leader in establishing wetland and stream mitigation banks and conservation banks that enhance water quality and protect wildlife habitat in perpetuity.

World Bank

The World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 186 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Together, the two institutions provide low-interest loans, interest-free credits, and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and environmental and natural resource management.