Approaches

Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) partners with indigenous peoples to protect vital rainforest ecosystems and address the climate crisis. We provide support to indigenous communities and organizations to secure their rights to their traditional lands and livelihoods. As an organization, RFUS prides itself on being nimble and flexible, engaging with our partners over the long term on initiatives based on their priorities and aspirations. 

The following are among the key ways RFUS supports its partners:

Territorial Monitoring

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.

Land Management

RFUS advises communities to build participatory, bottom-up land management plans to protect their forests and to set the stage for sustainable livelihoods that respect their values, beliefs, and ways of life.

Policy & Advocacy

RFUS supports partners to advocate for national and international policy change as it relates to indigenous peoples’ rights, forest protection and restoration, natural resource management, climate action, and biodiversity preservation.

Institutional Strengthening

RFUS invests directly in indigenous peoples’ organizations, and partners with them to strengthen their: integral governance; communications; and administrative, management, and financial capacities.

Land Titling & Legal Intervention

RFUS works with indigenous peoples to obtain legal representation to secure land rights, settle disputes, and seek justice for human rights violations perpetrated against environmental defenders.

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
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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.

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Rainforest Foundation US is tackling the major challenges of our day: deforestation, the climate crisis, and human rights violations. Your donation moves us one step closer to creating a more sustainable and just future.