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Protecting Global Forests Through International Trade and Investment Policy Reform

American Lands Alliance

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Reform of International Finance and Trade
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2002–April 30, 2004
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus World

About this grant

American Lands Alliance has developed an integrated strategy for environmental reform of both trade and international financial institutions that focuses on forest destruction and invasive species. Multiyear funding will support activities that include advocating changes in existing and proposed World Trade Organization rules that pertain to forests; reforming the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) loan policies that are environmentally damaging to forests; promoting environmental considerations in regional trade agreements; increasing awareness of environmental risks posed by invasive species; encouraging improved trade rules for the protection of Canadian ancient forests; and convening a Global Temperate Rainforest conference to raise awareness about threats to global temperate rainforests by international trade and investment policies.During the past two years, accomplishments included raising awareness of the impact of the IMF on the world’s forests; producing a comprehensive report on IMF policies and their effects; developing alliances with European and Japanese environmental groups; monitoring negotiations on forest tariff elimination so as not to eliminate forest protection tools; and preparing a report on the devastating effects of international trade agreements and invasive species on forests and biodiversity.