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.

Unlocking the potential of forest guardians

How community forest monitors are exposing the scale of illegal logging in Cameroon and why they are the future of rainforest protection.


Saving the Cuvette Centrale Peatlands

How local communities are critical to protecting one of the largest carbon sinks from extractive industries


Protected Areas and Indigenous Rights: A submission to the UN Special Rapporteur

In response to a call for comments to inform the Special Rapporteur’s report to the UN General Assembly at its 77th session, RFUK has put together a brief highlighting how, despite much lip service to the contrary, conventional conservation and climate change programmes continue to wreak havoc on indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities.


RFUK Annual Report 2020/21

This summary of our projects and campaigns offers a highlight of the Rainforest Foundation UK’s work over the past year with indigenous and forest communities around the world.


Roads to Ruin: The Emerging Impacts of Infrastructure Development in Congo Basin forests

A report by RFUK reveals the growing extent, and impact, of transport and energy infrastructure development in the Congo Basin – which is on its way to becoming a major driver of deforestation in the world’s second largest rainforest. The eight case studies featured in this report show that, while certain projects may bring some economic benefits, environmental and social impacts have been overwhelmingly higher than necessary due to bad planning, corruption, failure to follow better practice, and simple negligence. This study has also found that development projects often overlap internationally-funded forest protection schemes, and several are already causing serious long-term environmental and social impacts.