• Portfolios / Forests & Land Use

    Sustainable land use policies and practices can yield substantial, cost-effective emissions reductions.

  • Portfolios / Forests & Land Use

    The right policies and practices can improve the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities, including indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers.

  • Portfolios / Forests & Land Use

    Reducing emissions from land use can achieve multiple benefits: biodiversity protection, reduced air and water pollution, and increased resilience to climate change.


Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / 2030 Breakdown by ClimateWorks Priority Regions

Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / 2030 Breakdown by ClimateWorks Priority Regions

Annual Reductions Potential Breakdown / Breakdown by ClimateWorks Priority Regions

Key Data Points

30% of human CO₂ emissions are removed by forests and other land vegetation during photosynthesis.

1 Billion

More than 1 billion people depend on forest resources for all or part of their livelihoods.


More than 130 governments, business, and indigenous groups have committed to halve forest loss by 2020 and halt it by 2030.

The Forests & Land Use Portfolio

The Forests and Land Use Portfolio is led by the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), and focuses in five key areas to help realize forested and agricultural landscapes’ full potential to mitigate climate change, benefit people, and protect the environment.

Commodity Production

Over one billion people globally currently depend on forest resources for their livelihoods. Through CLUA, ClimateWorks and its partners support strategies to shift commodity production away from native forests and peatlands to areas already under cultivation, to where sustainable productivity increases are achievable, or to underused or previously degraded areas.

Community Rights

The growing global demand for food, fuel, and other commodities threatens indigenous and rural communities. Through CLUA, ClimateWorks and its partners are helping increase recognition of indigenous forestry rights as a critical part of achieving clear and more effective land and resource tenure and reducing deforestation.


Well-designed policy is essential to increasing incentives to reduce carbon emissions. Through CLUA, ClimateWorks and its partners are helping advance land use policies and actions that are consistent with internationally recognized guidance on safeguards, monitoring, reporting and verification, and carbon reference levels.

Transparency & Communications

The impacts and potential complexity of implementing new policy and practices demands clear communication and transparency. With an emphasis on strategic communications initiatives, ClimateWorks and its CLUA partners are raising awareness and advancing increased transparency on practices and policies related to sustainable forests and land use. 

Local Capacity

Effective execution of forestry and land use policies and practices requires the local capacity to see them through. ClimateWorks and its CLUA partners are focused on building local capacity for more effective forestry and land use within ClimateWorks’ focal geographies.

Climate and Land Use Alliance Team

The Forests and Land Use Portfolio is led by the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), which includes ClimateWorks, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Each of the members offers distinct organizational perspectives and priorities that inform the development of CLUA strategies and their implementation in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and Central America, the US, and globally.

Kevin Currey

Program Officer, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Kevin Currey is a Program Officer for CLUA’s Global and Mexico and Central America Initiatives. Kevin has worked with CLUA since 2013, first as a Ford Foundation Program Analyst, focused on expanding community land and forest rights and promoting climate change policies that benefit low-income rural communities, and later as a consultant supporting CLUA’s Global and Mesoamerican work. Kevin has also consulted for the United Nations Development Programme, advising on the creation of its biodiversity strategic plan and developing new work on sustainable development in the Amazon. He began his career in rural Kenya, working with communities to address conflicts with large carnivores. Kevin holds a masters of environmental management degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he studied the anthropology of development and conservation, and an undergraduate degree from Yale in environmental studies. He is based in New York.

Matt Daggett

Director of Strategic Communications, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Chris Elliott

Executive Director, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Chris Elliott is the Executive Director of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA). Before joining CLUA, he worked for WWF in a variety of capacities for over twenty years, initially as China Program Coordinator, and most recently as Executive Director, Conservation at WWF International. Before joining WWF, he worked for The World Bank, the Bank of Boston and for a Swiss foundation focusing on organic agriculture and natural medicine. Chris has been closely involved in major forest conservation initiatives in the Congo Basin and the Amazon, and led the development of a global partnership between WWF and IKEA. He worked on the establishment of the Forest Stewardship Council and was the organization’s first Board Chair. His education is in plant sciences, forest policy and ecosystem management at the universities of London, Yale, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. His doctoral dissertation was on forest certification as a policy instrument. He is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia.

Martina Hartlieb

Executive Assistant, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Martina Hartlieb is based in Geneva, Switzerland and serves as Executive Assistant to CLUA. Previously, Martina was an Administrative Assistant to the Director of WWF’s International Species Program from 2009 to 2017. Prior to that, she worked in the airline industry. Martina is passionate about wildlife and travel, and enjoys walking in the Swiss Alps with her dogs, reading, theater and ballet.

Tracy Johns

Program Officer, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Janene Lucero

Grants and Contracts Associate, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Janene joined CLUA in 2015 and serves as its Grants and Contracts Associate. Prior to joining CLUA, Janene worked for Humana Insurance Company in an outside sales executive role for Northern California. Janene studied Business with a concentration in Marketing at San Francisco State University and California State University, Hayward.

Symone Moore

Program Assistant, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Symone became a part of Climate and Land Use Alliance in 2018, working with the core staff as a Program Assistant in Washington, DC. Previously she worked with the Center Climate Change Communications at George Mason University in Virginia, working to broaden and improve climate change communications in mainstream media. Additionally, she was a part of the TerraScapes Environmental Consulting team based in Virginia Beach working with local organizations to promote their agendas of sustainable energy, air pollution control and coastal ecosystem preservation. Symone holds a B.S in Environmental Science and Policy and is pursuing an M.S in Environmental Management.

Kelly Scott

Associate Director, Grants and Operations, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Kelly joined CLUA in 2014 and serves as its Grants Manager. Prior to joining CLUA, Kelly worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration in a program officer and grants management role serving the states of Illinois and Wisconsin as the agency’s point of contact. Kelly also previously served as a Community Relations Specialist in Kaiser Permanente’s National Community Benefit office, supporting Kaiser Permanente’s national grantmaking programs. Kelly has an MBA from San Francisco State University and a BA in Sociology from State University of New York, College at Geneseo.

Johanna Weaver

Manager, Planning and Development, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Johanna works with CLUA’s member foundations and Initiative teams on strategic planning, monitoring frameworks, and funder analyses to facilitate robust strategic and organizational planning. She additionally manages CLUA’s development efforts, building partnerships with aligned and member foundations, as well as with key partners and government agencies.

Prior to CLUA, Johanna held clinical and field research positions at UCSF, Harvard Forest, and Cornell University, as well as researched land use conflict in Tanzania with the School for Field Studies. She has also engaged with the Student Conservation Association for over a decade, working in various field leadership positions and serving on SCA’s Alumni Council. Johanna holds a B.A. in biology with minors in chemistry and dance from Oberlin College.

Daniel Zarin

Director of Programs, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Daniel Zarin is Director of Programs of the Climate and Land Use Alliance since its inception in 2010. He was previously Senior Advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. From 1995-2009, Dan was a university professor, first at the University of New Hampshire and subsequently at the University of Florida. He has a B.A. in History, a Master’s of Forest Science from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dan has published widely on forest ecology, management, and policy, and the interface between deforestation and climate change.