At RFUK, we tackle deforestation locally and globally. Locally, we help forest communities to gain land rights, challenge logging companies, manage their forests and protect their environment. Globally, we campaign to influence national and international laws to protect rainforests and their inhabitants.
We believe that the best way to protect the rainforest is through empowering indigenous peoples to defend their ancestral lands. We promote the establishment of community rights to rainforest lands, tackling the root problems related to deforestation and paving the way for local people to benefit fairly from the use and protection of forest resources.
Our approach differs from that of other organisations in that it is committed to both human rights and environmental protection. Instead of purchasing land or conserving forests purely for their biodiversity value, the RFUK promotes the establishment of community rights over rainforest lands, tackling the root of the problems related to deforestation and paving the way for local people to benefit fairly from the use and protection of forest resources.
Since our inception, the Rainforest Foundation has helped indigenous communities and local communities to protect more than 12 million hectares of rainforest.