Conservation International Statement on the Introduction of the Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act

October 2, 2018

“Conservation International applauds the House introduction of legislation to reauthorize the Tropical Forest Conservation Act. This important conservation legislation serves to help facilitate ‘debt-for-nature swaps’ and is among the U.S. Government’s most innovative and effective economic tools for supporting critical conservation initiatives that sustain ecosystems, livelihoods and species.

I thank Representative Steve Chabot, along with Representatives Engle, Fortenberry, Grijalva, McCollum, Sherman, and Smith for their leadership and commitment to saving wildlife and wild places by supporting the Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act.”

The Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act (TFCA) would reauthorize a highly successful debt-for-nature program that has saved more than 67 million acres of tropical forests by allowing developing countries that meet certain criteria to be relieved of debt owed to the United States in exchange for their conservation efforts. The reauthorization would significantly expand these efforts to conserve coral reef ecosystems.

To date, the TFCA program has sequestered approximately 56 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of taking 11.8 million cars off the road. There is a direct connection between resource scarcity, international conservation and America’s economic and national security interests. Targeted U.S. investment in international conservation efforts, through the TFCA, contributes to America’s long-term foreign policy objectives and enhances U.S. economic and national security interests around the globe.

About Conservation International

Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”, “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef.” Follow Conservation International’s work on our Human Nature blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.