Call to Action on Forests & Climate

The Cities4Forests Call to Action on Forests & Climate is a declaration, signed by more than 50 cities, calling on governments, companies, and financial institutions to urgently ramp up policies and investments to support forest conservation, restoration, and sustainable forest management.

In the Call the Action, mayors and other leading city officials call for the following:

  • All governments (national and subnational) should develop and implement strong domestic policies to protect, restore, and sustainably manage the forests within their territories.
  • Developed nation governments should provide trade and financial incentives to support the protection and restoration of forests, particularly those within the tropics, and to support sustainable agricultural productivity improvements (which can relieve pressure on forests). Governments also should reform policies (e.g., agricultural and others) that are detrimental to forests.
  • Financial institutions (e.g., development banks, commercial banks, investors, sovereign wealth funds) should avoid financing activities that cause deforestation and instead prioritize investment in Nature-Based Solutions involving forest conservation, forest restoration, and deforestation-free agricultural commodity production.
  • Companies should ensure their commodity supply chains are deforestation-free and support Nature-Based Solutions to address climate change and other business challenges.

Fifty-seven cities and local governments have signed the Call to Action, including:

  1. Rosario, Argentina
  2. Campinas, Brazil
  3. Extrema, Brazil
  4. Palmas, Brazil
  5. Salvador, Brazil
  6. São Paulo, Brazil
  7. Montréal, Canada
  8. Victoria, Canada
  9. Bogotá, Colombia
  10. Barranquilla, Colombia
  11. Cali, Colombia
  12. Medellin, Colombia
  13. Yopal, Colombia
  14. Quito, Ecuador
  15. Hawassa, Ethiopia
  16. Paris, France
  17. Accra, Ghana
  18. Effia-Kwesimintsim District, Ghana
  19. Kumasi, Ghana
  20. Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana
  21. Kaloum / Conakry, Guinea
  22. Georgetown, Guyana
  23. Kochi, India
  24. Mumbai, India
  25. Jakarta, Indonesia
  26. Jayapura, Indonesia
  27. Semarang, Indonesia
  28. Fianarantsoa, Madagascar
  29. Guadalajara, Mexico
  1. Hermosillo, Mexico
  2. Mérida, Mexico
  3. Mexico City, Mexico
  4. Nogales, Mexico
  5. Xalapa, Mexico
  6. Oslo, Norway
  7. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  8. Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
  9. Musanze District, Rwanda
  10. Glasgow, Scotland
  11. Freetown, Sierra Leone
  12. Antalya, Turkey
  13. Mersin, Turkey
  14. Ann Arbor, USA
  15. Brooklyn (New York City), USA
  16. Eugene, USA
  17. Houston, USA
  18. King County, USA
  19. Little Rock, USA
  20. North Little Rock, USA
  21. Miami-Dade County, USA
  22. Pittsburgh, USA
  23. Philadelphia, USA
  24. Salem (OR), USA
  25. Salt Lake City, USA
  26. San Francisco, USA
  27. San Jose, USA
  28. Seattle, USA

If you are a city official that would like to join the Call to Action on Forests & Climate, please contact James Anderson (