Founder & Executive Director of the Global Canopy Programme (GCP)
Andrew W. Mitchell is Founder & Executive Director of the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), an Oxford based think-tank. GCP works to demonstrate the scientific, political and business case for safeguarding forests as natural capital that underpins water, food, energy, health and climate security for all. Under his leadership, GCP has successfully promoted REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) within the UN climate negotiations. GCP manages the world’s most comprehensive on-line knowledge platform for REDD, known as The REDD Desk. In 2009, with the support of the UK government, Andrew launched the ‘Forest Footprint Disclosure Project’, now merged with CDP and endorsed by institutional investors with over $13 trillion of assets under management. 200 companies worldwide now disclose their impact and dependencies on forests annually. At the Rio Earth Summit in 2012, working with UNEP FI and the World Bank, he launched the Natural Capital Declaration, a ground-breaking commitment to develop methodologies to account for nature in lending and investments by the financial sector. Over 40 CEOs of financial institutions are now engaged and four working groups chaired by Banks are underway. Andrew advises Governments and business on security risks from natural capital degradation and served for two years as Special Adviser to the ‘Prince of Wales’ Rainforests Project’. He is the Co-Chair of the APPG sub-group on Natural Capital at the UK Parliament.