Michael Jenkins

President, Forest Trends

Mr Jenkins is the President of Forest Trends. From 1989 to 1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Programme of the MacArthur Foundation. Mr Jenkins’ responsibilities with the Programme included all grant-making in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as overarching programme management. In 1998, Mr Jenkins was in a joint appointment as a Senior Forestry Adviser to the World Bank. Before entering the MacArthur Foundation, he worked for three years as an agro-forester in Haiti with the USAID Agroforestry OutreachProgramme. Before that, he worked with a Washington, D.C.-based development organization, Appropriate Technology International, as a technical adviser. In the late 1970s, Mr Jenkins was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay working in agriculture, apiculture and forestry projects. Mr Jenkins holds a Master’s of Forest Science from Yale University.

He founded Forest Trends in 1998 to highlight the market value of natural ecosystems to promote their conservation. Forest Trends is widely credited for advancing the concept and practical application of “payments for ecosystem services,” an innovation that is gaining widespread momentum as a powerful conservation tool for forests and ecosystems.
Forest Trends is working with civil society organizations in developing countries to track the more than US$7 billion of committed public and private financing for activities for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (“REDD”).

Forest Trends is working closely with national and international partners to shine a light where the funding is actually being delivered, and what it is being used for. This work will feed into the broader UN-REDD Programme, started in 2008, which aims to assist developing countries prepare and implement national REDD+ strategies aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (“REDD”) in developing countries. As part of this, Forest Trends is working closely with the UN Voluntary REDD+ Database to promote consistency in monitoring efforts and encourage transparent reporting on these financial flows that can inform the donor policy and funding decisions.