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.
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 scouts combine satellite imagery with foot patrols 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.
How Rainforest Alert Works
Forest loss is picked up by satellite and recorded in Global Forest Watch, a free web app.
A regional data hub receives the deforestation alert and saves the data to a memory card.
Couriers transport the memory card by boat to the affected, off-grid indigenous community.
Investigate & Document
Forest monitors conduct a ground patrol to investigate and document the site of the deforestation alert.
Forest monitors present evidence to community assemblies, who decide on an appropriate course of action.
Support Rainforest Alert!
Rainforest Foundation US believes that our Rainforest Alert program can avoid 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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