Technical Partners

Partner civil society organizations and academic institutions inform and support national restoration processes across Latin America and Caribbean. This diverse group of Initiative 20x20 technical partners works across the region to disseminate research and build knowledge to advance public and private action on restoration.

AIDER (Partnership for Integrated Research and Development)

AIDER is a Peruvian NGO that works with local communities and stakeholders to promote sustainable development and environmental conservation in Peru’s forest landscapes. Since its founding in 1986, AIDER has managed initiatives for sustainable use…


Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute (IAHV)

The von Humboldt Institute is a civil non-profit organization associated with Colombia’s Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development (MADS) founded in 1993 to be the biodiversity research arm of the National Environmental System (…


Amazon Conservation Team (ACT)

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with indigenous peoples and other local communities to protect the forests of tropical South America. ACT’s vision is for the vast, life-sustaining rainforests…

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American Bird Conservancy

ABC is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist — the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. Creating nature reserves is one of…

Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia, Belize

ANCON (National Association for the Conservation of Nature)

Founded in 1985 by a group of visionary citizens, ANCON is an NGO that works with national and international organizations, academic and research centers, local communities and businesses for protection and restoration of the natural resources and…



ARCAS is a Guatemalan NGO that was originally established to rescue and rehabilitate animals confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. It operates in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the Peten region of the country's north. Though it continues to…

Azuero Earth Project

Azuero Earth Project

In collaboration with local landowners, Azuero Earth Project (AEP) is restoring habitat along a corridor of more than 120 km in Panama. With an area of nearly 25,000 hectares that includes nearly 400 privately-owned properties, the project aims to…

Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica (BPM)

Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica (BPM)

Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica (BPM) was established in April 2012 in San Jose, Costa Rica with the mission of being a regional platform to involve the private sector in biodiversity conservation efforts and create a network of actors in…

Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica
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With a mission to restore the Earth's natural and cultural resources and inspire ecological stewardship, Biohabitats is a values-driven, interdisciplinary company comprised of biologists, ecologists, geologists, landscape architects, planners, and…

Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica
Bioversity International

Bioversity International

Founded in 1974, Bioversity International is a global organization headquartered in Rome, Italy that focuses on research-for-development in agricultural and tree biodiversity to meet new global challenges. By delivering scientific evidence,…

Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil
Canopy Energy

Canopy Energy

Canopy Energy is a company working to develop, finance and manage renewable energy projects. Its portfolio is for the most part focused on Africa and Paraguay. Canopy Energies has developed a partnership and investment relationship with Investancia…

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Carbon Group Agro-Climatic Solutions

Carbon Group Agro-Climatic Solutions is a consulting firm originally based in the southern cone of South America, and now working globally. It is internationally known for its experience in developing and implementing climate change adaptation and…



Celsia is the electricity company of Grupo Agros, a Colombian investment group in cement and energy industries. Founded in 1919 and headquartered in Cali, Colombia, Celsia operates power plants in Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica. Celsia is…

Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia

Center for Conservation, Research and Management of Natural Areas – Cordillera Azul (CIMA)

CIMA is a Peruvian non-profit organization founded in 2002 with the goal of making a difference in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Since 2008, CIMA has managed the Cordillera Azul National Park (PNCAZ) on a 20-year management…


CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research)

Established in 1993, CIFOR is a non-profit scientific institution that operates across the globe, promoting “a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all.” Headquartered in Bogor Indonesia,…

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Wake Forest University’s Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA) was created in 2016 in Madre de Dios, Peru in partnership with international donors (USAID and WWF). CINCIA is a consortium of national and sub-national institutions and…


CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development)

Founded in 1984, CIRAD is a public-sector industrial and commercial enterprise (EPIC) under the joint authority of France’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. CIRAD is headquartered…

Peru, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil
Climate Focus

Climate Focus

Founded in 2004, Climate Focus is an internationally recognized leader on climate change and land use policies, law, project design, and finance, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Washington D.C., and a Latin America headquarter in Bogotá, Colombia…

Peru, Colombia
Climate Institute

Climate Institute

The Climate Institute was founded in 1986 as the world’s first organization focused solely on climate change. Headquartered in Washington D.C., the Institute uses media such as symposia, conferences and briefings to inform decision-makers, heighten…

Mexico, Colombia, Chile


Colciencias (National Department of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia) is the institution in charge of promoting policy for science, technology and innovation in Colombia. Colciencias supports Colombian researchers through Ph.D.…

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CONDESAN (Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion) is an environmental NGO based in Peru with a subsidiary office in Ecuador, with 25 years of experience working in the Andean region. CONDESAN's institutional core is the…

Peru, Ecuador
Conservation International

Conservation International (CI)

Founded in 1987, Conservation International is an American environmental non-profit that works to empower societies to protect nature and biodiversity as a source of food, livelihoods, and a stable climate. CI focuses on a range of topics around the…

Peru, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil
Conservation Strategy Fund

Conservation Strategy Fund

Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF)’s mission is to sustain natural ecosystems and human communities through strategies powered by conservation economics. Our trainings, analysis, and timely expertise make development smarter, quantify the benefits of…

Peru, Panama, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a globally-focused institution for science, training, and outreach relating to birds and biodiversity. Its approach is to use the power of birds and other charismatic organisms to generate long-term impacts on…

Defensores de la Naturaleza

Defensores de la Naturaleza

Established in 1983, DN is a Guatemalan NGO whose mission is the conservation of important ecosystems in Guatemala through sustainable natural resource use and active participation of society. DN primarily pursues its mission through the management…

EcoAgriculture Partners

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., EcoAgriculture Partners is a nongovernmental organization whose mission is to advance the practice of integrated landscape management and the policies that support it. By facilitating shared…

Ecodes Engineering

Ecodes is a business that specializes in development, management and implementation of technical studies that promote sustainable development in Colombia, Peru, and Argentina for the conservation of biodiversity. The company has worked on 200…


EcoPlanet Bamboo

As the largest owner of commercial bamboo plantations globally, EcoPlanet Bamboo is leading the industrialization of bamboo as a viable and environmentally attractive alternative fiber for timber manufacturing industries. The conversion of degraded…


Ecosystem Restoration Camps

Founded in 2016, Ecosystem Restoration Camps is a growing member-based organization of ecosystem restoration sites (“camps”) who work with local and international volunteers to implement restoration activities in more than 19 countries around the…

Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil

Fair Connection

Fair Connection is a Chilean company, founded as part of SSC Americas, that promotes responsible forest management. One of the main challenges Fair Connection focuses on is the restoration of landscapes in Latin America, integrating the objectives…


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO's) efforts, making sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Established in 1945,…


Forest Stewardship Council

FSC is an independent, non-profit organization that protects forests for future generations. As a global membership organization, FSC gathers more than 1,000 members from the economic, social and environmental sector and has more than 60 FSC…


ForestFinest Consulting

ForestFinest Consulting (FFC) has been an advocate of sustainable land use and climate protection for more than 20 years. They have developed over 100 projects worldwide, including over 60 in Latin America and the Caribbean. With a highly qualified…

Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Colombia


Forestpa is a Colombian forestry and environmental services company that works with the private sector, state entities and civil society to efficiently improve the quality of life of communities and the environment. Forestpa prioritizes the needs of…


Foundation for the Development of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range (FUNDECOR)

Founded in 1991, FUNDECOR is an environmental NGO that seeks to be the primary promoter of Integrated Landscape Management in Costa Rica. FUNDECOR connects scientific research, local engagement, technical solutions, and policy to help create…

Costa Rica
Fundacion Agreste

Fundación Agreste

Founded in Argentina in 1993, Fundación Agreste has worked for nearly 25 years to promote the principles of sustainable development with a focus on the environment and how ecological issues affect the quality of life and opportunities for both…

Uruguay, Argentina

Fundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible (FCDS)

The Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS) is a non-governmental organization in Colombia that aims to promote the integrated land management. As part of Initiative 20x20, FCDS will bring its extensive experience implementing…


Fundacion Pasticultores del Desierto AC

Founded “by ranchers for ranchers,” Pasticultores del Desierto AC is a non-profit organization that uses planned grazing management and adaptive genetics to promote profitable and resilient ranching operations across arid landscapes. Pasticultores…


Fundacion PRISMA (Regional Program of Research on Development and the Environment)

PRISMA is a regional center for dialogue and research on development and environment, founded in 1992, with a mission to generate and mobilize knowledge to strengthen the livelihoods and territorial governance processes led by rural communities and…

El Salvador
Fundacion Vida Silvestre

Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (FVSA)

Founded in 1977, FVSA is an independent NGO that promotes environmental conservation, sustainable use of natural resources, and sustainable behaviour in the context of climate change. The primary problem that FVSA works to remedy is the excessive…


Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade (Funbio) | Brazilian Biodiversity Fund

Founded in 1996 as a financial mechanism for Brazil’s implementation of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Funbio is an NGO with over 20 years of experience managing and distributing funds for hundreds of projects, investments, and…

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Global Forest Generation

Global Forest Generation (GFG) was founded in 2018 with the mission of delivering large-scale and long-term restoration of priority forest ecosystems by planting the right species in the right places. The focus of GFG is to overcome obstacles to…

Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina


Grupo de Países Productores del Sur (GPS) is a network of private institutions and experts from the agribusiness sector from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. As a network, GPS works jointly with public and private parties in the Southern…

Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay
Helvetas Peru


Helvetas brings to Initiative 20x20 its experience, programs and new opportunities for collaboration.  Its Sustainable Management and Protection of Andean Forests against Climate Change (ANFOR) is part of the Global Climate Change Programme of the…

Peru, Ecuador
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Ibero-American Model Forest Network (RIABM)

The Ibero-American Model Forest Network (RIABM) links landscapes that are leaders in responsible forestry and natural resource management initiatives. It is a voluntary alliance between Model Forests of Latin America and  Caribbean and national…

Peru, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina

Instituto Privado de Investigación sobre Cambio Climático (ICC)

ICC is an NGO that aims to be a leading private institution for research and project development to mitigate and adapt to climate change in communities, productive processes and infrastructure, specifically in the Pacific Slope of Guatemala. ICC’s…

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Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV)

Founded in 1991, The Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV) is a leading environmental civil society organization in the southern Brazilian Amazon and the reference for restoration, conservation and governance of forests in Mato Grosso State. Its mission…


Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is the international organization specialized in agriculture within the Inter-American System. Its mission is to stimulate, promote and support the efforts of the Member States to…

Uruguay, Peru, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Belize, Argentina, Paraguay

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Founded in Colombia in 1967, CIAT is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and poverty and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing agricultural “eco-efficiency.” CIAT’s…

Peru, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia

International Foundation for the Restoration of Ecosystems (FIRE)

Established in Spain in 2006, FIRE is an international non-profit with the goal of restoring and conserving ecosystems while maximizing social benefits through the transfer of knowledge to restoration projects. The five major components of FIRE’s…

Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organisations and the input of more than 10,000 experts. IUCN is the global…

Uruguay, Peru, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Belize, Argentina, Paraguay

ISA Conexión Jaguar

ISA is a company that operates throughout Latin America in the electricity, transportration, and telecommunications fields. Its mission statement, “Connections that Inspire”, on the underpins its belief that sustainability underpins good business…

Peru, Panama, Colombia, Chile, Brazil

Land Life Company

Land Life Company (LLC) was founded in 2013 on the conviction that business and innovative technology can be a force for restoring the world's land. Today, LLC is a diverse team of 30 motivated professionals, working on reforestation projects in 25…

Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Chile
Natural Capital Project

Natural Capital Project (NatCap)

The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) is a partnership combining research innovation at the University of Minnesota and Stanford University with the global reach of conservation science and policy at the Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund.…

Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil

Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)

Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, SNV is a non-profit international development organization that focuses on capacity building to alleviate poverty. Headquartered in The Hague, SNV works with governments, local partners, businesses, institutes,…

OroVerde – The Tropical Forest Foundation

Founded in Germany by individuals from business and the natural sciences in 1989, OroVerde (“Green Gold”) is a non-profit foundation that initiates, supports, and promotes projects that conserve tropical forests. Though headquartered in Bonn,…

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Osa Conservation

Osa Conservation (OC) was founded in 2003 to conserve the globally significant terrestrial and marine biological diversity of the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica by implementing ecosystem stewardship, enhancing scientific understanding, providing…

Costa Rica

Ovis 21

Ovis 21 is a company that regenerates degraded grasslands and protects biodiversity so Patagonia's land can sustain people, their businesses and communities. By raising sheep across more than 500,000 hectares of well-managed land, the company is…

Uruguay, Chile, Argentina
Pronatura Noreste

Pronatura Noreste A.C.

Since its creation in 1998 by a group of Mexican entrepreneurs and academics, the conservation NGO Pronatura Noreste has worked to conserve Mexico’s priority ecosystems while promoting social development in harmony with nature. To this end,…

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Rain For Climate

Rain for Climate (RfC) is a consortium of scientists and other experts focused on systematic landscape rehydration. RfC aims to restore stable weather patterns by mitigating flooding, droughts, wildfires and other weather extremes, building…

Rainforest Alliance

Founded in New York City in 1987, the Rainforest Alliance is an international NGO that leverages the power of agricultural and forestry supply chains in order to conserve nature and improve people’s lives. The Rainforest Alliance works on a variety…

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Rainforest Foundation US

Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) has worked with Indigenous Peoples on the front lines of the battle against deforestation for 30 years. RFUS supports a rights-based approach has been tested, and proven to deliver concrete results for climate action…

Peru, Panama, Brazil
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Rainforest Partnership

Rainforest Partnership is a US-based non-profit organization that promotes the conservation and regeneration of tropical forests by working with communities in Latin America to develop sustainable livelihoods and expand sustainable land management…


Rare is an international conservation organization with a goal of scaling up community-based solutions that benefit people and nature. Rare and its partners have earmarked approximately $5M through 2020 for sustainable financing to restore cloud…



Established in 2002, Reforestamos Mexico is an NGO whose mission is to safeguard the forests and jungles that Mexico needs for its sustainable development. Reforestamos aligns actions that contribute the efforts of forest communities, the private…


Southern Wings

Founded in 2009, Southern Wings is a partnership between U.S. state fish and wildlife agencies that facilitates partnerships between them and partners in Mexico, Central, South America and the Caribbean to successfully conserve shared migratory bird…


Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS)

Created in 2007 by the Amazonas State Government and Bradesco Bank, Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS) is a private Brazilian non-governmental non-profit whose mission is to promote the sustainable development, conservation, and improvement in…

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental conservation organization dedicated to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, TNC creates innovative and practical solutions to the world's most difficult…

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The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)

The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) convenes companies, CSOs, and governments in sustainable public-private partnerships. SDH’s goal is to of design, co-fund, and prototype new economically viable approaches to enabling green and inclusive growth…


The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)

Founded in 1942, CATIE is an international center dedicated to research and graduate education in agriculture and management, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources in Central American and the Caribbean. The organization works in 14-…

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Tompkins Conservation

Tompkins Conservation, founded by Douglas and Kristine Tompkins, is dedicated to conserving and restoring Chile and Argentina’s wild beauty and biodiversity by creating national parks, restoring wildlife, inspiring activism and ecological…

Chile, Argentina

UNIQUE Forestry and Land Use

UNIQUE strives for the development and implementation of intelligent and environmentally sound land use practices and policies that form the basis for sustainable rural development. Since our establishment in 1998, we have carried out over 500…

Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay
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Since 2005, Verra has been committed to helping reduce emissions, improve livelihoods and protect natural resources across the private and public sectors. It supports climate action and sustainable development with standards, tools and programs that…


Vielca Medio Ambiente

Vielca Medio Ambiente SL is an environmental engineering and consulting firm that was founded in 2008. Development, according to Vielca, should be carried out in a sustainable manner, satisfying the economic, social and cultural needs of the…

Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador

Viridis Terra International

Viridis Terra International is a Canadian private company that is dedicated to the formulation, implementation, and management of large-scale reforestation and forest landscape restoration projects on degraded and deforested lands. The company…

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Wetlands International Latin America

Wetlands International provides advice and support to countries in their restoration goals and supports teams in changing the dynamics of degradation processes in Latin America and the Caribbean. Wetlands International is carrying out restoration…

Peru, Panama, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) ( is a centre of scientific excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and…

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World Resources Institute (WRI)

World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries. More than 450 experts and staff work with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain the world’s natural resources – the foundation of…

Uruguay, Peru, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Belize, Argentina, Paraguay
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

WWF serves as a technical partner of Initiative 20x20 to to support the implementation of the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration on Forests in Latin America and the Caribbean. WWF relies on a global network that allows the organization to…

Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Belize, Paraguay