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Fuertes's Parrot
Atlantic Rainforest

Your donation will accomplish great things on the ground for the most endangered species and habitats. There is nothing symbolic about our work. We purchase real acres in real places. It’s that simple. We do not spend money on lobbying or advocacy. Need more reasons to support us?

We take rapid action to protect threatened habitats while supporting communities.

Rainforest Trust Patron and honored scientist E.O. Wilson estimates that we are losing 137 plant and animal species from the rainforests every single day. Our model of direct land purchase effectively stems this loss. Also, in partnering with people on the ground in the countries where we work, we provide education, training, and economic assistance in the form of jobs and eco-tourism at our Reserves.

We hold The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence.The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

Saving rainforests has a direct impact on your day to day life.

Rainforests house the vast majority of earth’s biodiversity and  are global conservation priorities, in part, because they afford so many benefits to every one of us.  Over 80% of the developed world’s diet originated in rainforests including 3,000 fruits. Rainforests are also the “lungs of the planet”, providing more than 20% of the world’s oxygen in the Amazon alone. Saving rainforests also aids in the fight against global warming as these forests are the world’s most effective carbon sinks. And did you know that a quarter of all medicines currently on the market are sourced from rainforests?

Owed to Nature: Medicines from Rainforests
When you next visit your local pharmacy to fill a prescription for yourself, a family member, or a friend, consider this: nearly 90% of human diseases known to medical science can be treated with prescription drugs derived from nature.  And think of the hundreds of thousands of jobs provided to those that discover, grow, harvest, process and market these medicines. Nature supports both our health and economy. To learn more about how the earth’s tropical forests themselves are major contributors to the treatment of disease and relief of suffering, click here.

Author: Paul F. Torrence    article © 2012 Paul Torrence