Implementing a rights-based approach to rainforest protection since 1989.


Working in partnership with indigenous groups in Central and South America and with your help, we have protected over 28 million acres of forest land so far.

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Partnering with indigenous peoples at the frontlines of rainforest protection.

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One and a half acres of our rainforest are lost every second of every day.
But it doesn't have to be that way.


Panama: the Wounaan March for their Rights

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the Wounaan people of Panama took to the streets to demand their rights.  About 600 people, mostly from Wounaan communities in Panama Este, marched to the government offices in Panama City.  They were able to secure a meeting for Wounaan leaders with high-level officials while the peaceful protest continued outside.  And once again, their actions are getting results.

Join the Rainforest Foundation in Live Below the Line April 28 - May 2

Over 1 billion people on the planet are currently living on less than $1.50 a day. 

Do something to help them by joining us in participating in Live Below the Line from April 28th to May 2nd.  Live on $1.50 a day for food and drink for five days and change the way you and everyone around you thinks about poverty. 

Chico Vive Conference, Washington DC, April 4 - 6, 2014

gathering craft materials, brazilRFUS is co-sponsoring a conference honoring the life and work of Chico Mendes, a rubber tapper and environmental defender from the Brazilian Amazon.  Mendes was killed in 1989; the conference marks the 25th anniversary of his death, and will bring together grassroots activists, NGOs, students, engaged scholars, applied scientists, policymakers, journalists and others to discuss the

25 Years: In Honor of Chico Mendes

On December 22, 1988, exactly 25 years ago, Chico Mendes stepped onto the back porch of his home, and was killed by an assassin’s bullet.  Today marks the 25-year anniversary of the assassination of Chico Mendes, a rubber tapper, union leader and environmentalist from Acre, in the Western Brazilian Amazon. 




Every minute, an area the size of 300 football fields of the world’s most dense, species rich, forest is destroyed to create palm oil plantations. 

Become a more conscious consumer and take the pledge to “Say NO to Palm Oil” for one week