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.


After 10 Years of Struggle, Ashéninka Community of Alto Tamayo-Saweto Gains Title to Ancestral Land

August 19, 2015 was a historic day for the Ashéninka people of Peru. After fighting for over a decade, the community of Alto Tamaya-Saweto has acquired the title to its ancestral lands. Diana Rios and Ergilia Rengifo—relatives of the leaders of Saweto killed for advocating for their land rights, and current leaders of the community represented Saweto at this event.

We Stand Behind Maya Leaders as They Peacefully Protect their Lands

A Joint Statement by the Rainforest Foundation US and Cultural Survival. Maya leaders of Southern Belize were arrested on Wednesday in a gross violation of their rights. On the early morning of June 24th, traditional leaders of the Maya people of Southern Belize were violently awoken in their homes by police on the charges of unlawful imprisonment. The charges were brought against 12 people, including the Village Chairman, and the Second Alcalde, elected by their communities according to traditional practices.

Hunt Oil to Pull out of a section of the Amarakaeri Reserve in Peru.

For years the Amarakaeri communal Reserve in northern Peru has been targeted for oil and natural gas extraction.  Despite being a protected area, the ancestral lands of the Harakabut people, and one of the most bio-diverse zones in the world, the Peruvian government had approved A giant oil concession within the ecosystem’s headwaters and Hunt Oil began exploratory drilling in 2014.

Ground-Breaking Technology Allows Remote Forest Communities to Report Illegal Logging in ‘Real-Time’


A technologically innovative system, unveiled today by the Rainforest Foundation UK, gives forest peoples the opportunity to send near-instantaneous, highly geographically accurate reports of illegal felling of trees, such as by timber or palm oil companies, from anywhere in the world, even where there is no mobile, phone or internet connectivity. [1]