Partnering with indigenous communities to save our rainforests
Securing RightsWe support indigenous leaders as they assert their rights with local & national policy makers.We provide indigenous peoples & local NGOs with the legal and technical support necessary to analyze programs and policies that affect their communities & define their priorities. We share information about climate change science, indigenous rights & international policy.
Protecting LandsWe partner with indigenous communities to help them obtain legal rights to their ancestral lands. We train communities to use technology to protect the rainforest for future generations. We provide legal & technical support, including: mapping & documenting land claims. We train leaders to navigate administrative and legal procedures & negotiate effectively with government officials.
Strengthening leadershipWe develop and implement customized community training strategies, workshops, and tools, ensuring that communities are administratively and financially prepared to manage successful social and economic development projects. We aid communities in formalizing their traditional governance practices to ensure they are respected by the State.
Mapping land invasions
in the Embera-Wounann comarca with fixed-wing drones
Human life depends on the rainforest. It is home to more than ½ of the world’s animal and plant species, the source of life saving medicines, a powerhouse that cleans the earth’s air and water, and one of the keys to keeping global climate stable. Yet, our rainforests are disappearing. Once covering 14% of our land, today rainforests make up only 6% our planet.
HELP STOP THE KILLING
As a child Diana accompanied her father as he fought for her community; she never imagined that at eighteen she’d take over his work. After her father was murdered by loggers, Diana bravely took on the responsibility of speaking out for land rights and against illegal logging.
Today she and her community are under constant threat just for protecting the rainforest. Join the Community of Rainforest Defenders and help protect the indigenous people risking their lives to protect the rainforest.