Entries by Rainforest Trust

Rainforest Trust Statement on IPCC Climate Change and Land Report

Today, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change declared that protecting the world’s forests to absorb carbon from the atmosphere and prevent greenhouse gas emissions plays a critical role in climate action.  While reducing fossil fuel use is vital to mitigating the climate crisis, emissions reduction alone will not halt global warming. The report […]

Amphibians and Trees Further Protected in Puerto Rico

The Sierra de Cayey, in the southeast corner of Puerto Rico’s Central Mountain Range, houses some of the island’s most important ecosystems. The site is crucial to Puerto Rico’s endemic amphibians and plants, as well as local birds. But expanding agricultural development threatens to destroy the region’s forests. The growing specter of climate change could […]

Increased Protection for Orchids and Birds in Ecuador

Ecuador’s Chocó forests are some of the world’s most biodiverse and endemic-rich ecosystems. But they are also some of the most threatened — Ecuador has one of the highest deforestation rates in South America. Rainforest Trust and local partner Fundación EcoMinga have been working to protect this region for years. And once again, these efforts […]

Historic Conservation Action: Haiti’s First Private Nature Reserve

More than 1,200 acres on Haiti’s Massif de la Hotte received protected status through the creation of Grand Bois Nature Reserve, making this the first private nature reserve on the island nation. The nature reserve, a result of the combined efforts of the international conservation organizations Rainforest Trust and Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) and their […]

Strategic Land Purchases Continue in Guatemala’s Cerro Amay Cloud Forest

In 2018, Rainforest Trust helped purchase multiple properties including a 119-acre parcel — about the size of Vatican City — to expand the Cerro Amay-Chimel Cloud Forest Preserve in Guatemala. The preserve was just created last year, when Rainforest Trust and local partner Fundación para el Ecodesarrollo y la Conservación (FUNDAECO) purchased six properties totaling […]

2018 Regional Overview: Latin America

Central and South American rainforests are the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. From the world’s wettest rainforest in the Chocó region of Ecuador and Colombia to the spectacular cloud forests of Guatemala to the mighty Amazon, these ecosystems harbor immense amounts of life. But they’re facing accelerating threats from logging, mining and agricultural expansion. […]

Cameroon’s First Marine & Terrestrial National Park Announced

The government of Cameroon announced last Friday the creation of its first marine and terrestrial national park, an effort that was made possible by Rainforest Trust and local partner Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society (CWCS). Terrestrial and aquatic habitats of Douala-Edea. Photo courtesy of CWCS. The declaration upgraded the Douala-Edea Wildlife Reserve, first created in 1932, […]

New Species of Coffee Tree Named for Conservationist

Soon we may all be giving up pumpkin spice for a different kind of latte, thanks to a newly identified species from the coffee family (Rubiaceae) recently discovered in eastern Panama. New species Notopleura sallydavidsonae in flower. Photo courtesy of ADOPTA. The new-to-science plant, Notopleura sallydavidsonae, was described yesterday by Rodolfo Flores and co-authors in […]