The certification of carbon credits in Guyana under a program designed without the participation and free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples is a troubling precedent that threatens the rights of Indigenous peoples and the social integrity of carbon markets everywhere. Learn more about the issues in a new case study.
For over 35 years, Rainforest Foundation US has partnered with Indigenous peoples and local communities across Central and South America to protect their rainforest territories. Our efforts are currently focused on two vital regions: the Amazon rainforest and Mesoamerica, a region encompassing the rainforests of Central America and Mexico. Explore our interactive map and select a country to learn more about these rainforests, their inhabitants, the pressing threats endangering them, and how we are making an impact on the ground.
News from the Ground
Scientific Evidence Points to Indigenous Peoples’ Forest Management as Key to Climate Change Mitigation
Indigenous peoples have shaped and managed vast rainforest territories for millennia. These rainforests regulate rainfall, store carbon, and shelter immense biodiversity and sociocultural diversity. In recent years, several studies have provided statistical evidence confirming that lands legally titled to Indigenous peoples are the most efficient models for forest protection.
The voluntary carbon market is quickly evolving in tropical forests around the world, creating a complex landscape of new actors, standards, and requirements for Indigenous peoples and local communities to navigate in order to protect their rights. To support communities, their organizations, and their leaders Rainforest Foundation US commissioned Climate, Law and Policy to develop a set of analyses that break down the safeguard-related requirements
Rainforests absorb and store more carbon dioxide than all other types of forests, making rainforest protection one of the most effective solutions to climate change. Support indigenous peoples on the frontlines of rainforest protection.
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