Key to success:
Turbo-charging Indigenous People’s rights to control their territories.
What you can expect to see from us in 2020:
1. Accelerate the deployment of our proven anti-deforestation technology solution with Indigenous partners
2. Extend our presence to new geographies, including an expanded footprint in Brazil
3. Forge new alliances to amplify our impact
4. Step up security and protection of Indigenous peoples threatened for asserting their rights
5. Restore degraded forests through tree-planting
A decade to turn back the clock
By now, most people understand that we have a finite amount of time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and capture and store the excess carbon in the atmosphere if we want to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
At the stroke of midnight on December 31st, 2029, we will look back to see how much progress we’ve made in our efforts to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. What we do over the next decade could determine what our planet looks like for decades, if not centuries, to come.
It’s not all bad
The good news is that we actually know how to solve this problem. We have the tools and science to solve it. It is all a matter of courage — collective, individual, political, and financial courage. This is where we all have a role to play.
Our promise to you
As we kick off 2020, we want you to know that at Rainforest Foundation US we are 1000% committed to doing everything in our power to push for the transformative change that is needed to defend and protect rainforests and the keepers of those rainforests: the Indigenous Peoples who are best able to guard them.
“What we find is that from a carbon standpoint, protected land and indigenous territories are doing a tremendous job in buffering against losses, particularly losses associated with deforestation.”
What you can expect from us
Last year you turned out in record numbers to support us. We are extremely grateful for your faith in us and your vote of confidence in our work. Your support means we can seriously get to work on accelerating our impact starting now.
Here’s an outline of our top priorities for the coming year. This is where you can expect to see us to allocate the funds you’ve contributed:
1. Accelerate the deployment of our proven anti-deforestation technology solution with Indigenous partners.
Our goal is simply to roll out this system across a larger swath of the Amazon. Conversations are well-underway with Indigenous partner organizations representing several Amazon countries who are interested in adopting and deploying the system. We are in the process of identifying where and how we can deploy this technology as quickly as possible.
2. Extend our presence to new geographies, including an expanded footprint in Brazil.
The aim is to maximize the deforestation-reduction potential of our programs. This expansion requires careful analysis because we must ensure the conditions are propitious for this intervention to succeed. Beyond identifying a suitable on-the-ground partner, we must also secure the buy-in from national and regional law enforcement authorities as well as other government agencies.
3. Forge new alliances to amplify our impact.
Roughly half of the Amazon is designated as Indigenous territory or enjoys some level of protection. While we need to continue to do what we have been doing to ensure that this half of the amazon stays safe, we also need to do more to protect the other half of the amazon that is in government, corporate and private hands. We know we can’t do this alone, which is why we will partner with others to support a comprehensive approach to all of the Amazon forest.
Our goal is to work with a wide range of NGOs, companies, and governments to make sure that policies and practices are put into place that reduce deforestation in non-protected areas. This strategy could involve increased advocacy or joining other organizations in campaigning for a zero deforestation policy across the Amazon. These collective pressure actions will also extend to other tropical forests on the continent and around the world.
4. Step up security and protection of Indigenous peoples threatened for asserting their rights.
We will increase direct support to Indigenous and environmental leaders in communities facing direct threats for standing up to their rights. Already we are providing direct support to Indigenous communities in Peru and Brazil in their effort to stay safe. We will raise their voices, bring greater visibility to their struggles, and hold those threatening murder and intimidation accountable for their actions.
5. Restore degraded forests through tree-planting.
Although protecting intact forests remains our top priority, we intend to turbocharge our support for tree-planting programs as well, since we now know that if we are going to stop the Amazon from reaching a tipping point of destruction, we need to replant much of what we have cut over the past few decades. We are developing a scalable, cost-effective model for restoring degraded lands in indigenous territories, like the one managed by our partner community in Buen Jardin de Callaru in Peru.
In the coming weeks and months, we will share new tools and resources with you, showing you how you and your community can do more to protect the forest.
In the meantime, the clock is ticking and we must never forget that we all have a role to play, no matter where you are. We hope you will join us in keeping our earth green and safe for all human and natural communities.