Gold mining brings prospectors, disease, and destruction to indigenous lands in Brazil. But indigenous communities are fighting back.
In addition to our core activities, Rainforest Foundation US takes on topical projects that address critical challenges for rainforest protection.
The 2020 fire season in the Amazon is projected to be dire. Rainforest Foundation US is closely tracking the fires and working with partners to actively prevent and respond to the threat of fires in their communities.
Rainforest Foundation US is working around the clock to provide indigenous communities with a range of assistance to manage the COVID-19 crisis, including information and communication, humanitarian support, medical supplies, and economic opportunities.
The Rainforest Foundation family hosted an international livestream to raise awareness and funds for indigenous peoples under threat from coronavirus and deforestation. Top recording artists from around the world teamed up with indigenous leaders and environmental activists to support indigenous communities.
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.
RFUS supports the Yanomami and Ye’kwana leaders’ “Fora Garimpo, Fora Covid” campaign as they call on the Brazilian government to expel 20,000 illegal gold miners from their territories in an effort to contain the spread of 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.
RFUS and Regen Network have partnered with the indigenous community of Buen Jardin de Callarú in Peru to pilot a blockchain platform that will drive direct financial support to the community for protecting the Amazon rainforest.
RFUS’s Mapping Coordinator, Carlos Doviaza, was featured in an NPR article that describes how his maps are helping indigenous communities in Panama assert their land rights and track COVID-19.
In Guyana, New Documentation of the Land Indigenous People Hold (and the Land They’re Unjustly Denied)
RFUS supported the Amerindian Peoples Association to conduct a nation-wide assessment of indigenous lands in Guyana. The report exposes inconsistencies and injustices in the land recognition process.
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