This was always the ambition. The new challenge for a ten-year-old organisation is to understand what works, what doesn’t and how we can now scale up our funders’ impact. That means 2018 will be a pivotal year for Cool Earth. We’ll be kicking it off with a full review of the outcomes we have achieved, from canopy protected to incomes built. The work has already started in Peru and the early findings point to one thing; more control of funding by local people.
This is welcome news because local control of rainforest has always been a part of Cool Earth’s mission. But it also raises some thorny questions about Cool Earth’s long-term role in our partnerships. So 2018 will be the year we learn from what we’ve done. More importantly, it will be the year when we decide what we don’t do, as much as what we do.
We promise the impact on saving rainforest will continue to grow, but we’ll also come up with a plan for making sure it can continue to grow for many years to come.