A Whole-of-Government Approach to Reducing Tropical Deforestation

July 2011

With funding increases becoming politically difficult, other options are needed to increase U.S. policy impacts on reducing tropical deforestation. In a new Discussion Paper jointly sponsored by Resources for the Future and Climate Advisers, authors Michael Wolosin, Anne Riddle, and Daniel Morris propose a “whole-of-government” approach to tropical deforestation. The discussion paper defines the scope and goals of a “whole-of-government” approach, reviews existing programs and coordination, and identifies three major areas where policy adjustments and actions through existing authorities can have immediate and tangible impact on reducing deforestation.