Used right, we know it can save millions of acres of rainforest. One of our donors believes this too, and has just given us a $250,000 match grant. But we need to match it, in order to fully unlock its potential.
It Can Be Done:
What is the gift for: After the amazing success of our program in Nuevo Saposoa and Patria Nueva ONE THAT ERADICATED DEFORESTATION
we couldn’t wait to expand it—this time in even more challenging areas. So, we have been working to create a rainforest shield over some of the most pristine – but also some of the most at risk rainforest in Peru. Close to the border with Ecuador, Brazil, and Colombia bound by the Amazon, Napo, and Apayacu rivers is a landscape few have the chance to experience: lush rainforests where macaws converge and panthers still roam. It is also an area of rainforest beset by drug traffickers and illegal loggers.
Indigenous communities in this region feel forgotten by Peruvian government, which rarely intervenes even as their forests come under attack by dangerous criminals. Yet, the communities continue to fight back, and together we know we can create a barrier to deforestation ensuring that millions of acres remain in safe hands.
The Rainforest Foundation is training communities to use GPS, drones and satellite data to monitor their rainforests, and working with the Peruvian government so that it fulfills its responsibility to protect indigenous communities and the rainforest. Every time a new community is trained, the shield becomes that much stronger—protecting indigenous lands, and creating a high-tech barrier that stops deforestation in forests that lie beyond their ancestral lands.
Last year our strategy eliminated deforestation in two communities that bordered a treasured National Park: Sierra del Divisor. Their work defending their ancestral lands reduced deforestation in the national park too, and protected its animals from poaching. Today monitors from these indigenous communities are officially recognized as Park Rangers—this is the first time the government has ever given this status to members of indigenous communities.
- We work together to create monitoring plans for indigenous lands
- Train indigenous activists, leaders and youth to use GPS to pinpoint incursions and identify areas at risk
- Use drones to monitor forests quickly and just as importantly safely
- Help communities create sustainable development and land use plans
- Learn from each communities’ work monitoring so we can share what works