Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator

Invest in the future of forest conservation

Tropical forest is vital for the future of the planet, and local conservation organisations play a crucial role in sustaining it.

With BirdLife Partners, we have had remarkable success in securing legal protection for threatened forests around the world. But too often, conservation initiatives do not reach their full potential because they are built on traditional NGO structures with insecure funding cycles.

Therefore, BirdLife’s Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator is tackling one of conservation’s biggest challenges: how to break free from unsustainable funding models and tap into big opportunities. We need new approaches if forest conservation is to get the long-lasting financial security it desperately needs. This requires us to explore deeply how the right incentives and investments can drive positive action in these unique landscapes.


The Accelerator Effect: we are investing in the teams behind bold forest landscape programmes.

The Accelerator creates a safe space for building knowledge and confidence in landscape leaders so they can develop and test sustainable financing models at a landscape level. We are betting that our landscape leaders can change the game for forest conservation. 

The Accelerator is modelled on start-up companies in the tech sector, and provides a package of support and mentorship. By acting as a hub and a matchmaker with investors, companies, and partners, it’s a game-changer for forest conservation. And flexible seed grants are an important catalyst to kick-start, pilot and scale new models in these endangered landscapes.

Through a joined-up landscape approach based oglobal priority landscapes (Key Biodiversity Areas), we are already seeing shifting regional business practices, potential changes to laws, and forest-positive products being shipped around the world.


In 2020, the Accelerator cohort is growing

Ten forest landscapes. Thousands of hectares of potential across tropical forests in Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sao Tome & Principe, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Their initiatives are conserving 1.8 million hectares of forest, protecting wildlife and supporting thousands of people to thrive.

In these uncertain times, we welcome the challenge of taking the Accelerator programme online. By connecting into online training opportunities, events and platform, such as the Global Landscapes Forum Digital Conference.


Latest news: winning investment at the forefront of landscape finance

The Accelerator cohort are going through a competitive process to win a seed grant between £20,000 and £30,000 to explore, pilot and scale up new models that will attract finance to secure the future of the forest. This includes a variety of projects from advanced restoration business models to disrupting the market with bird-friendly products.

Watch this space for updates about their projects!


Get involved

The Accelerator's cohort and team actively seek collaborations. There are a number of ways to get involved with the landscapes and across the portfolio; from landscape problem solving to technical advice to kick starting and scaling finance solutions. Please get in contact with the team at:

The first cohort from the first Accelerator workshop in April 2019, with the BirdLife team at the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK. © BirdLifeThe first cohort from the first Accelerator workshop in April 2019, with the BirdLife team at the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK © BirdLife


The Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator is a Trillion Trees initiative led by the BirdLife Forests Programme, supported by the Hempel Foundation and 

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. Go to to find out more.

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