Supporting communities

Since our inception, the Rainforest Foundations have helped indigenous and local communities protect more than 84 million hectares of rainforest – an area larger than Scandinavia.

30×30: The Good, The Bag, and What needs to happen next....
30×30: The Good, The Bad, and What needs to happen next....

After years of intense international negotiations and delays, the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) has now been adopted but the final agreement is a mixed bag.

Congo in the Crosshairs

A new comprehensive mapping and analysis by RFUK and Earth Insight shows that oil and gas expansion in the Congo Basin is a rapidly accelerating existential threat to the global climate, and to the world’s second largest rainforest – including the tens of millions of people who live there.

Realising the Pledge

A new briefing from the Rainforest Foundations of the UK, USA, & Norway on how increased funding for forest communities could transform global climate and biodiversity efforts, and what it will take to get there.

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Our work in rights-based rainforest protection

Tackling deforestation with tech

Our community forest monitoring initiative unlocks the potential of forest guardians by connecting them with law enforcement agencies to monitor and protect forests. At the heart of this is ForestLink – a breakthrough system that enables communities to transmit highly accurate and low cost geographical alerts of illegal forest activities in real-time, even from remote areas with no connectivity.

Supporting land & livelihoods

We campaign for laws and policies that recognise the rights of communities to their lands and resources, help put otherwise 'invisible' forest peoples on the map, and assist them in developing and implementing land-use plans that protect forests and sustain livelihoods.  

Turning research into action

Our research, advocacy and campaigns address the root causes of deforestation and its human impacts, expose the false solutions to these threats and develops actionable and scalable solutions for policy makers. This work is thoroughly rooted in practical experience and is constantly aimed at amplifying the voices of marginalised forest communities. 

Latest publications

Annual Review 2022

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30×30: the good, the bad and what needs to happen next

Target to ‘Protect’ 30% of Earth by 2030 – A Disaster for People and Bad for the Planet?

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Congo in the Crosshairs: Oil and Gas Expansion Threats to Climate, Forests, and Communities

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