Project selection criteria
Partnership applications should meet the following criteria:
- Clear focus on creating a new protected area or the expansion of existing protected areas through land purchase, designation as a national park or other officially recognized protected area, conversion of logging concessions to reserves, community protection.
- Proposed sites must be currently unprotected. Use IUCN’s World Database of Protected Areas to determine if the area is already recognized as protected (category 1-6).
- The site must qualify as a KBA under criterion A1(a) (site regularly holds a globally significant proportion of the population of a Critically Endangered or Endangered species; see page 16 of the KBA Standard)
- Recent, verifiable evidence that species assessed as Endangered or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species occur within the proposed protected area.
- Endorsement from project stakeholders, especially local communities.
- The applicant must be an NGO based in the country of the proposed protected area and have authorization to work.
Rainforest Trust partner support focuses on direct conservation action. We are unable to assist with the following:
- Overhead costs
- Ecological monitoring or research
- Habitat restoration (e.g., tree planting)
- Vehicle purchases other than motorcycles
- International travel
Project Review Process
Project development and review at Rainforest Trust is a dynamic process where partners work extensively with Rainforest Trust conservation staff to develop project proposals. Before submitting a partnership application please complete the eligibility questionnaire below. If your project is deemed to be a good fit for Rainforest Trust one of our staff members will contact you and work with you to develop the partnership application. Deadlines for draft applications are February 1, June 1 and October 1 of each year, but please contact us at anytime.