Lynn_COMMUNITIES Local people at Nantu by Michel Gunther

Saving the world isn’t possible without people

Stewards of the land

Rainforest Trust has made a long-term commitment to support Indigenous and traditional communities and to secure legal land tenure and management rights of their territories. We have a number of projects protected and underway that will permanently safeguard intact forests that sustain people and threatened species, and lock up billions of metric tons of carbon to alleviate climate disruption.

Free, prior and informed consent

Indigenous people steward three-quarters of the world’s remaining biodiversity. Many of our projects bolster that stewardship, securing ownership and management of land and natural resources for local and indigenous people. Every one of our projects engages with local and indigenous people, and none proceeds without their freely given, prior, fully informed consent (FPIC).

All of our projects start and end with dedicated people

We establish strategic partnerships with the world’s most experienced and committed conservationists and their organizations across the tropics. Together, we identify critical sites that will benefit most from permanent protection.

The Unsung Heroes of Conservation

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Our Indonesian partner, FKL, encountering poachers traveling by boat. The work performed by the Guardians–who monitor and survey the land and its species–while rewarding, can be a very dangerous job.

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KTK-Belt Guardian, Kamala Rai, performs household surveys in the community of Okharbote, Nepal.

YUS Conservation Area Rangers
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YUS Conservation Area rangers Ken (left) and Stanis (middle) and Conservation Officer Chris (right) practice using a PDA to collect data in the field.

San Luis Philippines Forest Guards on duty
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San Luis, Philippines forest guards work with local partner, Daluhay, to monitor and survey areas of rainforest and the species that call it home.

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Fundación ProAves Guardian, Cristian Andrés Vásquez Bermúdez, performs field monitoring of the El Dorado reserve's La Cumbre section in Colombia.

Rainforest Guardian discovering the Togo Slippery Frog
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Herp Conservation Guardian, Caleb Ofori, discovering the Togo Slippery Frog in the Onepone Refuge in the Togo-Volta highlands of Ghana.

Who makes our work possible?

Vila River, Solomon Islands, by Stacy Jupiter

You make it possible

Our work is made possible entirely by voluntary contributions from private individuals and a few companies. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference to the world’s rainforests and their inhabitants.

A lean team

Because 100% of donations go directly to conservation action, we keep our team lean and full of dedicated individuals who work to carry out our mission.

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Many thanks to our local partners in the field who make our work possible.

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Our Board members and other supporters cover our operating costs, so you can give knowing your whole gift will protect rainforests.

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