We want to see a new model of conservation in the Congo rainforest, one that protects both wildlife and the millions of people who live there.
Evidence from around the world shows that where indigenous peoples have been granted secure rights to their customary lands, rainforests are thriving.
This video offers a look at the first phase of our Community Forests project in western DRC, documenting the important work of our local Congolese partners on the ground.
Over 50 charities call on the international community urgently to intervene to help protect the vast rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Two of the concessions overlap with a recently discovered carbon-rich peatland deposit covering 145,000 km².
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.
Conservation policy and practice has historically failed to take into account forest and indigenous peoples' rights and needs. In so doing, it has also failed to protect forests and biodiversity.