New research shows indigenous peoples and local communities live on at least 3.75 million square miles of land spanning most of the world’s endangered tropical forests—yet have legal rights to less than half of these lands.
In addition to our core activities, Rainforest Foundation US takes on topical projects that address critical challenges for rainforest protection.
Rainforest Foundation US has joined forces with the Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and Amazon ally organizations to provide direct finance and support to indigenous communities facing COVID-19.
On August 31st, 2014, four Asheninka leaders were killed by illegal loggers. Rainforest Foundation US is supporting their families as they seek justice. Learn more and follow the #JusticeforSaweto Campaign.
To blunt climate change, Guyana has pledged to aggressively expand the amount of rainforests protected within its borders. But as the threat of big oil looms, indigenous peoples’ land rights need to be recognized in order to meet this goal.
A government grant awarded to RFUS and the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests will strengthen the Alliance’s governance structure, it’s access to finance, and its women and youth programs.
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