Coalition for Rainforest Nations Secretariat

aka CfRN   |   NEW YORK, NY   |  www.rainforestcoalition.org

Mission

The Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN or the ‘Coalition) assists tropical governments, communities and peoples responsibly manage their rainforests. Healthy rainforests protect against a changing climate, generate needed biodiversity and provide safe habitats. Launched by Coalition members in 2005, the United Nation’s REDD+ Mechanism, designed to incentivize conservation and contribute to the battle against climate change, now includes around 90% of the world’s remaining rainforests. A first in human history! But, it’s only the beginning. To succeed, rainforests must be valued more alive than dead!

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Kevin Conrad

Main address

52 VANDERBILT AVENUE 14TH FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

26-3221530

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN or the ‘Coalition) assists tropical governments, communities and peoples responsibly manage their rainforests. Healthy rainforests protect against a changing climate, generate needed biodiversity and provide safe habitats. Launched by Coalition members in 2005, the United Nation’s REDD+ Mechanism, designed to incentivize conservation and contribute to the battle against climate change, now includes around 90% of the world’s remaining rainforests. A first in human history! But, it’s only the beginning. To succeed, rainforests must be valued more alive than dead!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

UNFCCC REDD+ Mechanism

The CfRN builds capacity, policy and tools needed for developing countries with tropical rainforests to implement UN's REDD+ Mechanism to the benefit of rainforests and Climate

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Tribal and indigenous religious groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric tons of CO2 equivalent as verified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

UNFCCC REDD+ Mechanism

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through its advocacy work within the UNFCCC and through its Reporting for Results Based REDD+, the Coalition for Rainforest Nations engages with multiple stakeholder groups.

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups identified

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

UNFCCC REDD+ Mechanism

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

UNFCCC REDD+ Mechanism

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Coalition for Rainforest Nations seeks to create sound and long-lasting opportunities for environmental sustainability and social and economic advancement with strengthened capacity and international market reform that enhances tropical forest stewardship, biodiversity conservation and global climate stability by reversing the destruction of tropical rainforests.

The Rainforest Coalition develops policy and tools that endeavor to achieve sustainability for forested and adjacent agricultural lands, and in the process:

- Manage tropical rainforest areas in support of climate stability, biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and poverty alleviation

- Create financial tools in partnership with Governments, communities, business and relevant stakeholders

- Enable sustainable livelihoods that improve living standards for forest dependent communities

- Set a precedent for other similarly forested countries.

People like you enable the countries and peoples of the world that own the remaining rainforests build a sustainable balance between humans and the environment. Together, we help create the policies and tools for sustainable livelihoods that will protect our forests, biodiversity, animals, water supplies and our climate – the life support systems of our planet.

We Are Different! Yes, we are disruptive. But, we are a partner – not an activist organization. We partner directly with governments and communities to make a difference. Let’s disrupt outdated mindsets and systems in order to empower sustainability with concrete action and innovative tools.

We are working in 21 countries to develop National GHG Inventories for their land areas. Already, 34 countries have submitted National Forest Reference Levels to the UNFCCC. And the UNFCCC has verified over 6.2 billion tons of GHG reductions and removals. No program has ever been more effective.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    CfRN views rainforest countries as our primary stakeholders. We serve them through policy support, technical training, and capacity building. CfRN does not have offices and staff around the world. Our approach is to provide help in a targeted way and build the capacity of our coalition countries to do conservation work themselves. CfRN has a growing list of donors and supporters, who we serve by communicating regularly on the impact of our work. More broadly, we see the entire world as CfRN stakeholders given that we are working on climate. Ending deforestation is a crucial piece of any solution to address the existential threat posed by climate change.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    CfRN completely revamped its Capacity Building program based on feedback from partner countries. Based on surveys and other feedback, we learned what topics that countries wanted to learn more about. We increased training on those topics and built a resource hub so they could get access materials at any time. On our Policy Support program, CfRN created a Whats App chat to engage continuously with partners. We also added webinars based on topics that countries told us they would appreciate more training. These changes were made in response to the pandemic, which caused CfRN to adjust everything in the way we work with stakeholders. In all of our work, we have shifted to a hybrid model – blending in-person and online – in response to the needs and preferences of our in-country partners.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Coalition for Rainforest Nations has always been an organization of, for an by its member countries. The 50+ rainforest countries that we serve have always been in the drivers seat. We serve our member countries based on feedback we get on their objectives. The survey system we have implemented in the past few years has helped us improve our responsiveness to members countries and respond to the unique needs presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Coalition for Rainforest Nations Secretariat

Board of directors
as of 03/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Geoffrey Heal

Columbia Business School

Term: 2017 - 2020


Board co-chair

Ruben Kraeim

Covington Burling

Term: 2017 - 2020

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/11/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.