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.
With so many global charities supporting the climate, we are proud and grateful to see several publications recognize Rainforest Foundation US on their “Best Charities” lists, because in doing so, they are implicitly recognizing the incredible work being carried out by our indigenous partners—the rainforests’ best protectors.
Marie Claire said earlier this year our programs were “groundbreaking.” Gizmodo heralded us for our work “with Indigenous communities on the front lines.” And The Roundup called us “a leading charity fighting climate change.”
Each year, we work hard to earn and keep the trust of our donors, and to ensure that the bulk of our funding goes directly into our programs, which support our indigenous partners. This, combined with high levels of financial transparency, has helped us keep our top four-star rating for years with Charity Navigator—the gold standard of charity assessment.
Rainforest communities are some of the most marginalized people in the world, and yet they are defending—often thanklessly and at great risk—one of the world’s most precious resources: the forests that need to stay standing to blunt the impact of the climate crisis. We are honored to be able to continue to support our partners, and their incredibly important work for the planet.
Some of the Lists We’ve Been Featured on Recently:
- Marie Claire: In Honor of Earth Day, Donate to These Organizations
- The Roundup: 17 Top Climate Change Charities that REALLY Make a Difference
- Deseret News: Looking to give back this holiday season? Here’s where you can donate
- Make Use Of: 7 Amazing Charities That Accept Cryptocurrency Donations
- Impactful Ninja: 9 Best Charities for Protecting the Amazon Rainforest
- Gizmodo: A Gift Guide For Doing Good: How To Give in Support of Climate Causes
- Vox: How to Give a Meaningful Holiday Gift This Year
- Bloomberg: If Your New Year’s Resolution is to ‘Do Better,’ Start Here
- Greenmatters: Looking to Help Combat Climate Change? Donate to These Sustainability Charities
- Donorbox: 10 Best Charities Actively Fighting Climate Change
- Buzzfeed: 9 Charities that Support the Amazon Rainforest
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
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