Forests play a vital role in mitigating climate change, protecting biodiversity, and in supporting the lives and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities. The ability of forest ecosystems to fulfill these critical functions is increasingly threatened by deforestation and forest degradation driven by large-scale infrastructure projects and unsustainable logging. In order to address drivers of deforestation and protect forest ecosystems and people, there is an urgent need to ensure that international safeguards and standards associated with forest initiatives and activities are strong and well-enforced. The ultimate aim of CIEL’s work on forests is to strengthen implementation and enforcement of environmental and social safeguards to protect communities and the forests they live in while promoting policy coherence across major international institutions.

Campaign Update

My Guide: A Community Resource Guide to REDD+ Rights

My Guide, A Community Resource Guide to REDD+ Rights is a community-ready reference material created by CIEL as a part of our overarching mission...

Campaign Update

Forest Defender

CIEL’s groundbreaking website is an interactive online legal database containing a wealth of easy-to-access information aimed at safeguarding forests and sustainable livelihoods in...