Give today for the future of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest

Since our beginnings 34 years ago, we have partnered with indigenous peoples—the forests’ best protectors—to demarcate and protect nearly 66,000 sq mi (17 million hectares) of the Brazilian Amazon. New leadership in Brazil spurs hope for the Amazon rainforest, but a colossal task to rebuild what was destroyed lies ahead.

Please help us reach our $50,000 goal to expand our programming in Brazil and ensure the largest rainforest on Earth—and its inhabitants—thrive.

Globally, the destruction of forests is falling slightly, but not fast enough to reach zero deforestation by 2030. We are at a perilous tipping point. In 2021 the largest area of destroyed forest was in the Brazilian Amazon with a loss of 5790 square miles (1.5 million hectares).

New leadership in Brazil restores hope for the Amazon rainforest, but there is much to be done.

What does the Amazon mean to the world and to our fight against the climate crisis?

The Amazon is the world’s biggest rainforest (around 3.2 million square miles). It spans nine countries in South America, with over 60% of the forest located in Brazil.

This rainforest holds unparalleled biodiversity—one in ten known species in the world lives there.

It’s also home to almost three million indigenous peoples.

The Amazon has been shown to be an important carbon sink and its water cycle plays a key role in regulating the world’s climate.

When the Amazon is in danger, we all are.

Scaling up our impact in Brazil’s Amazon

Our partnerships with indigenous organizations and communities in Brazil seek to address the destructive presence of illegal miners and large-scale agribusiness on indigenous peoples’ territories.

Our goal for the next year is to scale up our impact in Brazil by strengthening these four priority areas:

Where do we work in Brazil? 

Our work is currently concentrated in the state of Roraima in the northern Brazilian Amazon, home to many who have historically led the movement for indigenous peoples’ rights in Brazil, including the Yanomami, the Macuxi, and others. 

The Yanomami territory is the largest swath of rainforest under indigenous control in the world, while the Macuxi and other peoples are located in Raposa Serra do Sol, a key territory in the struggle for indigenous land rights in Brazil.

The indigenous peoples of Roraima—and their lands—are under constant attack from gold miners (garimpeiros) and cattle ranchers. Our partnership with indigenous organizations in Brazil seeks to address these threats and support them to better protect their forests.

Your donation will allow us to scale up our program in partnership with the indigenous peoples of Brazil. 

Give today.

Didier Devers
Chief of Party – USAID Guatemala

Didier has been coordinating the USAID-funded B’atz project since joining Rainforest Foundation US in April 2022. He holds a Master’s in Applied Anthropology and a Bachelor’s in Geography. Before joining the organization, Didier worked for 12 years in Central and South America on issues of transparency, legality, governance, and managing stakeholders’ processes in the environmental sector. Prior to that he worked on similar issues in Central Africa. He speaks French, Spanish, and English, and is based in Guatemala.