Three Basins Summit Statement

Threats to tropical forests are growing: that is why Indigenous and community rights must be at the centre of the Three Basins initiative.


Map story: Credits Where They Are Not Due

New research by RFUK on the leading REDD+ and forest offsetting schemes finds major flaws in their promise to fight climate change.


A first-of-its-kind comparative analysis that finds that world-leading forest offsetting and REDD+ schemes – used by some of the world’s biggest polluters – are failing forests by allowing millions of credits to be generated that simply do not represent real emissions reductions.

Carbon Offsetting and REDD+ Deconstructed

Paying poorer countries to protect their forests seems like a good idea for both the climate and sustainable development. However, the reality of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) is often far more complex and difficult to navigate. This briefing unpacks some of the key issues with market-based REDD+, the alternatives that can unlock funding for forests at scale and how RFUK works on this issue.

Annual Review 2022

We are delighted to present our latest annual report detailing the tremendous strides we have taken in supporting the autonomy and well-being of Indigenous peoples and other local communities of the world’s rainforests, defending and upholding their rights and protecting their environment.


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 – while it contains some hard-fought guarantees for Indigenous Peoples and other local communities, core concerns about the “30×30” plan remain. Ultimately, governments have missed a huge opportunity for a radical shift towards rights-based conservation. This is RFUK’s analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the final deal, and our key recommendations for what needs to happen next.

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

With COP15 looming, leading Human Rights NGOs have denounced the planned target of protecting 30% of Earth by 2030.

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

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. There is still time for African nations and the international community to chart a different path, but meaningful action must be taken now if there’s any hope of protecting critical forests and the communities that depend on them.

Realising the Pledge: Unlocking System-level Change in the Congo Basin

Building on ‘Realising the Pledge,’ a briefing by the Rainforest Foundations of the United Kingdom, the United States and Norway on how the US$1.7 billion Forest Tenure commitment at COP26 can reach critical frontline forest defenders, this Brief looks at major opportunities to unlock system-level change in key tropical forest regions such as the Congo Basin.

Realising the Pledge: How Increased Funding for Forest Communities Can Transform Global Climate and Biodiversity Efforts

A briefing from the Rainforest Foundations of the United Kingdom, the United States and Norway for climate funders and policy makers on what it will take to realise the US$1.7 billion pledge on indigenous peoples and other local communities and to mainstream support to these groups in climate and biodiversity funding more broadly.