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Global Forest Generation Inc

Planting Native Forests That Endure

North Hero, VT   |  http://www.globalforestgeneration.org

Mission

Global Forest Generation (GFG) is on a mission to achieve large-scale restoration of native forests to fight climate change. We're focused on regenerating vital forest ecosystems not only for their value in storing carbon and protecting biodiversity, but for their critical role in preserving water. Our projects ensure the viability of indigenous cultures and are a refuge for endangered species.

Ruling year info

2019

CEO

Florent Kaiser

Main address

5350 US Route 2

North Hero, VT 05474 USA

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EIN

83-1150620

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Global Forest Generation addresses the following obstacles to successful ecosystem restoration:- - The lack of local restoration capacity and quality projects worldwide: There are not enough long-term programs and implementers on-the-ground to advance restoration as urgently as it is needed to meet climate, biodiversity and restoration targets. - The limited capacity of tree-planting projects to deliver comprehensive ecosystem restoration in the long-term and the lack of transparency, traceability and quality control in international reforestation projects. - The lack of diversified, long-term funding resources and partnerships. Short-term annual reforestation grants can be an important starting point for many projects but they need to be blended with long-term financial resources.

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?

Acción Andina

GFG's Acción Andina Initiative is a Latin-American led, forest landscape restoration initiative aiming to protect and restore one million hectares of high Andean, native forest ecosystems in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela over the next 25 years. Acción Andina aims to: Protect 500,000 hectares of remaining native Polylepis forests across the Andes by advancing government and community protection through establishing protected areas on public and private/community lands, supporting conservation management, as well as social services and micro-businesses that help address drivers of deforestation; bring under restoration an additional 500,000 hectares of native forest ecosystems, mainly Polylepis, using multiple integrated landscapes management and restoration tools, including afforestation and reforestation, promotion of natural regeneration of forests, protection and restoration of wetlands and top mountain watersheds, and advancing improved land management; build local, effective and long-term conservation/restoration capacities by identifying, training, and supporting local restoration leaders, as well as building effective conservation/restoration capacities that connect leaders, communities and projects to regional actors, governments, donors and other supporters for long-term support and sustainability.

The world's highest altitude forest, Polylepis forests grow up to 16,400 feet above sea level, just beneath the Andean glaciers. The capacity of Polylepis to absorb enormous quantities of mist from clouds, even in the dry season, transforms eroded landscapes into healthy soil, streams, and wetlands. Freshwater stored by Polylepis forests feeds into the watersheds at the headwaters of the Amazon. It's critical to restore native Polylepis forests for:
1) Water Security - These forests ensure that freshwater, including glacial melt, is captured, reaching not only people in nearby villages, but also those in lowland towns and cities dependent upon this source of water, including for agriculture. Remote mountain communities are eager to restore their watersheds by planting and protecting forest.
2) Ensuring the viability of indigenous cultures - Long-lasting ties to indigenous communities are essential for effective ecosystem restoration. In light of climate change, high Andean people are motivated to protect and restore polylepis forests for their cultural and natural resources values. Acción Andina was created to respond to this need. Local communities are engaged in every aspect of forest regeneration, from gathering seeds and building and stocking nurseries to growing and planting saplings.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Supporting Partner 2021

Co-Founder, Constantino Aucca Awarded UN Champion of the Earth for Inspiration and Action 2022

Official Nature-Based Contribution To Reverse Climate Change by the UN 2019

CEO Florent Kaiser - Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum’s 1t.org Trillion Tree Campaign 2020

Prince William's The Earthshot Prize Winner in the category Protect and Restore Nature 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Acres of land that have been reforested by the organization

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

Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Acción Andina

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Acción Andina

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers refer to the number of local communities with whom we work.

Number of trees planted

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

Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Acción Andina

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of grassroots organizations supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Acción Andina

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the number of partner implementing organizations we work with on the ground and provide training and support to.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Global Forest Generation (GFG) is on a mission to scale up native ecosystem restoration globally. GFG makes a direct impact on global forest restoration by addressing the major obstacles to native forest conservation and restoration and by developing and implementing large-scale restoration projects and partnerships with the greatest capacity to meet all the roles that native forest ecosystems offer: long-term climate change mitigation and resilience, water capture, biodiversity habitat, and resources for local communities.

GFG’s first flagship initiative is Acción Andina, a Latin-American led, forest landscape restoration initiative aiming to protect and restore one million hectares of high Andean, native forest ecosystems in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela over the next 25 years. Specifically, Acción Andina works to protecto 500,000 hectares of remaining native Polylepis forests, bring under restoration an additional 500,000 hectares of native forest ecosystems, and build local, long-term and effective conservation/restoration capacities.

To achieve its mission, GFG develops large-scale, multi-country and collaborative restoration partnerships that:
- Identify, unite and support local restoration leaders, grassroots organizations and communities to sustain, grow and scale their projects simultaneously.
- Provide a comprehensive support system to equip and support local implementers with the expertise, capacities and resources needed to succeed in the long-term.
- Develop public and private partnerships to unlock long-term sustainable finance at the local, regional and international level.
- Help shape the global conversation on forest and ecosystem restoration towards more inclusion, quality, transparency and traceability, as well as engagement and investments into local grassroot actors and their projects.

Exit strategy: GFG follows a phased scaling approach and a 5-10 year capacity-building and seed investment period until an initiative becomes self-sustainable and our involvement can be gradually shifted to other priority areas.

GFG invests time and resources into restoration partnerships, providing technical, management, communications, and finance mobilization support to bring initiatives in it to scale – with a maximum sense for results, effectiveness, urgency, and long-term sustainability.

One of the key principles of GFG is to work in an unprecedented proximity and capacity to collaborate with local conservation leaders and grassroots organizations on a day to day basis to sustain and grow their projects, as well as helping to convene their important messages, lessons-learnt and keys to success to the international donor, conservation and restoration community. Another key added value is the capacity of GFG to work with all types of major regional and international stakeholders including local governments, multilateral agencies, multinational corporations and international NGOs and to provide a unique vehicle to connect, match and manage their capacities and resources directly into comprehensive restoration partnerships. The resulting leverage and de-risking effect of capacities, investment and resources is huge and provides a key pathway to achieving the goals of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Global Forest Generation has made significant progress realizing its mission of growing conservation leaders and forests globally. GFG forged exciting new partnerships since its inception in 2018, such as with Salesforce, Arbor Day Foundation, One Tree Planted, and Pangaia.
In 5.5 years, Global Forest Generation's flagship initiative Accin Andina has grown from one project in Peru to one of the largest ecosystem restoration initiatives in South America. Accin Andina currently operates in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru, with plans to expand to Colombia (2023) and Venezuela (2024). By the end of our 2023/2024 season, Accin Andinas grassroots partners will have created new forests for biodiversity and people by planting more than 10 million native trees in five Andean countries. Since Accin Andina was launched in 2018, 3,400 hectares of high Andean forests have been reforested and put under restoration management and approximately 11,000 hectares of native forests are protected through eight new or renewed protected areas. Accin Andina partnerships have expanded from one on-the-ground implementing partners at the inception of GFG in June 2018 to 14 local partners in five countries in 2023, implementing projects in 22 high Andean landscapes. Thirty local restoration leaders have been provided with training and capacity-building and the initiative has grown from 19 communities in collaborative restoration to 100. More than 25,000 people are expected to participate in the 2023/2024 season.

GFG is currently scoping out the development of new regional initiatives, including the Atlantic Rainforest in South-America, coastal ecosystems in Central America, the Himalayas, and possibly in Tanzania and Kenya around the Kilimandjaro, and aims to build and manage at least five large-scale initiatives throughout the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

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

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Global Forest Generation Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Brumm

Shaun Paul

Ejido Verde

David Harrison

Physician

Alberto Paniagua

Economist

Kelly Grier

Ernst & Young

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/3/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/03/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • 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.