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Meridian Institute

Tropical Forest Carbon Grantmaking Strategy for the Packard Foundation

Related: Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources

Since 2008, Meridian Institute has been providing strategy and facilitation support to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and its grantees and partners who are working to reduce carbon emissions from tropical forest landscapes. Meridian has assisted the Packard Foundation with strategy formulation, process design, relationship management, positioning, meeting design and facilitation, and logistical support relating to the development and implementation of its Tropical Forest Carbon Grantmaking Strategy.


As part of this work, Meridian facilitated a number of informal meetings among senior representatives from donor organizations from around the world with the purpose of facilitating information sharing, cooperation, and collaboration, where appropriate. Meridian also developed a database of international donors and grants focused on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) and provided process design and facilitation for high-level meetings of negotiators and researchers to determine what information would be most useful to negotiators leading up to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.


Meridian’s work to implement the Tropical Forest Carbon Grantmaking Strategy has resulted in our playing a central role in several closely related projects, including: the Climate and Land Use Alliance; the Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests; the Forum on Readiness for REDD; the Government of Norway REDD Options Assessment Report; the Government of Norway REDD+ Institutional Options Assessment; and the facilitation of foundational meetings of UNREDD.