Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator

© Fahrul P. Amama

An investment boost for the future of forest conservation


About the initiative

Sustaining tropical forest is vital for the planet. It’s a top global priority, not only for the unique and diverse wildlife and human communities that live in and around them, but for protecting the future of our planet from climate change and biodiversity loss. 

National environmental organisations have a critical role in sustaining forest. They have the proven ability to manage and conserve entire tropical forest landscapes, and the potential to ensure long-term impact.

However, most conservation initiatives are reliant on a model of unsustainable funding – usually NGOs work project-by-project with piece-by-piece planning – that means they often struggle to effectively strategise and innovate for longer-term impact. 

It’s a ‘sustainability challenge’ that must be solved. NGOs need funding to continue and ramp up conservation impact and success. Acheiving sustainability requires diversified funding sources not just today or tomorrow, but ongoing and reliable in the face of an ever-changing world.

This is where the BirdLife Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator comes in. From Paraguay to Indonesia, we're investing in the teams behind bold forest landscape programmes that are ensuring the conservation of world’s tropical forests. We're helping them access the knowledge and space to create new, sustainable funding models. 

It's a game-changer for forest conservation. Modelled on the innovation that powers start-up businesses such as in the tech sector, an Accelerator is:

a fixed-term, cohort-based programme bringing together seed investment, connections, mentorship, training workshops, and promotional events to accelerate growth.

We apply this innovative approach to forest conservation programmes. Multi-faceted support helps teams explore and develop diverse and integrated solutions focused on the future of conservation in their landscapes. Our teams are working on the ground on forest-friendly supply chains, payments for ecosystem services, private financing, and more.​ 

The first cohort of BirdLife Partners in the Accelerator are advancing sustainable financing strategies at a landscape-scale in Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. In Gola, Sierra Leone, we’ve scaling up our new rainforest-friendly chocolate, with profits invested back into the programme.

Our goal is a network of self-sustaining programmes with a ‘bring it all together’ landscape-approach to strategy and funding that continue to protect forests, wildlife and livelihoods into the future.

Get involved

The Accelerator's cohort and team are actively seeking new collaborations with those who can enable us to accelerate sustainability strategies. There are a number of different opportunities to get involved—across each of the landscapes and at the portfolio-level; from technical collaboration, advisory, grant-making, impact investing and more.

Please contact the team at:

Find out more

Our Flagship Accelerator Cohort

Five forest landscapes. Thousands of hectares of potential.

View brochure

Mbeliling (Flores) forest mosaic landscape with diverse agroforestry production © Burung Indonesia (BirdLife Partner)

2019 Cohort Showcase event

Was held on 4 April 2019, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK, 16:00-19:30

Members of the Gola Cocoa Team, who empower farmers to grow rainforest-friendly cocoa sustainably © R Anstead

The BirdLife Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator is an initiative of the BirdLife Forests Programme and is supported by Trillion Trees.

One trillion trees re-grown, saved from loss, and better protected around the world by 2050. Together, we can make it happen.
BirdLife, alongside WCS and WWF, is part of the Trillion Trees vision.
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