The situation we are facing
The rainforests of the world are under increasing pressure from agro-industrial expansion, extractive activities, infrastructure development and industrial logging. They are also home to millions of people.
Indigenous and forest populations living in and around the rainforests depend on the forests for shelter, food, medicine and livelihoods. In many cases, the basic rights of these people are threatened or undermined by forest destruction, land theft and resource exploitation.
What we set out to do
The Rainforest Foundation is working to ensure the long-term protection of rainforests by securing the rights of indigenous and forest peoples to land, life and livelihood. We are working in 21 countries and across four continents, supporting hundreds of communities.
Our approach is working. Research has shown that indigenous peoples’ areas in the Amazonian rainforest are now better conserved than even in some protected areas.
Significant evidence from the Amazon Basin now shows that, where forest communities have gained legal title to land, levels of deforestation and forest destruction are far lower even than in strictly protected areas such as national parks. To date, we have protected over 11,700,000 hectares of rainforest following this approach.
Indigenous representatives from around the world convened last week in New York to share experiences of community mapping and how emerging technologies could help scale up efforts to document forest peoples’ occupation and use of rainforests in the face of increasing threats.
Today, we are launching a technologically innovative system that gives forest peoples the opportunity to send near-instantaneous, highly geographically accurate reports of illegal felling of trees, such as by timber or palm oil companies, from anywhere in the world, even where there is no mobile, phone or internet connectivity.
Environmental and human rights organisations from across the Congo Basin have called for urgent action to prevent forest destruction and violations of rights due to the expansion of industrial palm oil plantations in the region.
Five-year-old Maggie wrote to the Rainforest Foundation UK to tell us she will be donating her weekly pocket money – 20 pence – for a whole year!
The rainforests of the world are being destroyed at an increasingly rapid rate. Not only are the forests the lungs of our earth, there are millions of people living in and around the rainforests who depend on the forests for shelter, food, medicine and livelihoods.
The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) is working to ensure the long-term protection of rainforests by securing the rights of indigenous communities to land, life and livelihoods.
By mapping their land a community claim their rights to land and defend their forest home from threats
By highlighting the presence of otherwise 'invisible' indigenous peoples and forest communities, this project hopes to bridge the gap between remote forest communities and central decision making processes to eradicate marginalisation of forest dwellers.
Palm oil production has had devastating effects in South East Asia. With palm oil producers looking to aggressively expand their operations in West and Central Africa, this project aims to raise awareness of the negative impacts and ensure Africa does not experience similar problems.
In the Congo Basin, indigenous peoples and forest communities have become extremely vulnerable due to discrimination, exclusion from governance processes and rights violations.