In 2019, California state officials took a momentous step toward providing greater support for protection of the world’s tropical forests when they approved the California Tropical Forest Standard. The decision capped almost a decade of advocacy by some of the world’s leading climate researchers, Indigenous groups and numerous NGOs. The California Tropical Forest Standard creates the potential to channel hundreds of millions of dollars toward protecting tropical forests, supporting sustainable development and preventing climate change.
Earth Innovation Institute worked with partners and a range of stakeholders to support the Government of California’s Air Resources Board as it developed regulations in advance of the Tropical Forest Standard. In this role, EII built bridges between the policies and governmental process in California and reductions in deforestation and emissions taking place in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Peru.
We also provided the best and most relevant scientific information on climate change and REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) programs to California policymakers, organizing a Climate Science seminar for the California legislature to provide a policy-relevant update on the latest climate science. EII is now actively engaged in developing links between California companies and partner states and provinces that are lowering their carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.