Our Work

Rainforest Foundation US is dedicated to protecting nature and human rights. We recognize the urgency of climate change and the need for equitable, sustainable development. Find out more about how, why, and where we work.

Our Priorities

Four key priorities drive our work: healthy rainforests, indigenous peoples’ rights, climate action, and sustainable development. Learn more about each of our priorities.

Territorial Monitoring

Land Management

Policy & Advocacy

Institutional Strengthening

Land Titling & Legal Intervention

Rainforest Alert

RFUS’s territorial monitoring program, called Rainforest Alert, provides training, tools and financial support to indigenous organizations to map, monitor, and secure their territories using cost effective technology like smartphones and drones.

Special Initiatives

In addition to our core work in partnership with indigenous peoples, Rainforest Foundation US undertakes special projects that respond to our partners’ most pressing challenges. Check out our topical initiatives and campaigns.

Second Quarterly Newsletter 2022
Newsletter

August 2022 Newsletter

In this newsletter you can read about the expansion of our Rainforest Alert forest patrolling program, including payments for communities involved that are used for collective benefits. Also meet our Senior Geographer, and learn about the Justice for Saweto campaign.

Edico Cuelo in his shop in Puerto Alegre, Peru
Article

Keeping Forests Standing and Bettering Lives

Rainforest Foundation US has begun an unprecedented program of direct finance forest defense, wherein indigenous communities are financially rewarded for successfully protecting their territories against deforestation. In Puerto Alegre, on the Amazon River in Northern Peru, community members speak about the tremendous vulnerabilities confronting them.

Report

Realizing the Pledge

Challenges have prevented funding from going directly to indigenous peoples who are key to combating the climate crisis. Rainforest Foundations outline key steps to ensuring climate and biodiversity funding gets to the frontlines.

Take Action Against Climate Change

Rainforest Foundation US is tackling the world’s most urgent challenges: biodiversity loss, climate change, and human rights violations. Your donation moves us one step closer to creating a more sustainable and just future.

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