In 2009, four leading US philanthropic institutions already working together on these issues realized that much more needed to be done to address the pressures associated with deforestation and land use changes. These funders—David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and ClimateWorks—concluded that:
The Climate and Land Use Alliance represents the foundations’ shared recognition that better land use must play a prominent role in addressing the global challenges of climate change and food security. Conserving carbon-rich forests and peatlands is now an essential part of the global response to climate change, but increasing demand for food, fuel, and fiber from a growing and more prosperous global population threatens these native ecosystems. The Alliance brings together diverse, complementary perspectives to help identify and support land use policies and practices that mitigate climate change, benefit people and protect the environment.