Putting Information into Action
A technology-based forest protection method for preventing deforestation on Indigenous peoples' lands.

Proven Impact

A peer-reviewed study verifies that the Rainforest Alert methodology can decrease deforestation on Indigenous peoples’ lands.

Here’s what the study says

What is Rainforest Alert?

Rainforest Alert is a community-led rainforest monitoring program that connects Indigenous peoples with remote sensing technology in order to better survey their lands against illegal deforestation. Indigenous patrollers combine satellite imagery with investigations on foot to verify evidence and equip community leaders with the information they need to take action.

Click on the map to download PDFs of RFUS’s current monitoring initiatives in the geographies where we work.

step 1


satellite signalling to land

Forest loss is picked up by satellite and recorded in Global Forest Watch, a free web app.

step 2


laptop with wifi signal on screen

Technicians in a regional data hub receive the deforestation alert and save the data to a memory card.

step 3


two people paddling canoe

Couriers transport the memory card by boat to the affected, off-grid Indigenous community.

step 4

Investigate & Document

cell phone with cut down tree on screen

Forest patrollers travel to the site associated with the alert to investigate and document deforestation activity.

step 5


icon of person holding scales of justice

Forest patrollers present evidence to community assemblies, who decide on an appropriate course of action.



Video: Reforestation Alert

Reforestation Alert follows the story of a community in the Peruvian Amazon that, having once successfully eliminated illegal deforestation on their territories, tackles what comes next: reforestation.

Support Rainforest Alert!

Rainforest Foundation US estimates that our Rainforest Alert program can prevent nearly 4,000 square miles (1 million hectares) of deforestation over the coming decade – that’s twice the size of Delaware.

Hover over the amounts below to see how much rainforest you can help protect by donating to Rainforest Alert.


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Now, through April 30th, your impact will be doubled. A generous donor has committed to matching all donations up to $15,000.

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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.