Implementing a rights-based approach to rainforest protection since 1989.


Working in partnership with indigenous groups in Central and South America and with your help, we have protected over 28 million acres of forest land so far.

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Partnering with indigenous peoples at the frontlines of rainforest protection.

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One and a half acres of our rainforest are lost every second of every day.
But it doesn't have to be that way.


No Community Should Have to Sacrifice This Much to Protect Their Home and Our Planet

It took the indigenous community of Saweto 12 years to receive its land title, compared to the mere one year it took the government to hand their land over to logging concessions in 2003. Our new joint-report: Peru at the Climate Cross Roads: How Saweto and Indigenous Communities Can Guide Peru
Down the Right Path
illustrates just how challenging it can be for indigenous communities to obtain titles to their ancestral lands.

Raposa Serra do Sol Insists Brazil Recognize its Rights at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

“We have two sacred sites in our park. Our primary concern is that we are losing access to these sites. It is clear now that the park is run by the Chico Mendes Institute, anything we have to say will not be considered by the institute… The government is also proposing a hydroelectric dam that would affect many people and the waterfall which is sacred to us.” Zedoeli Alexandre, a leader from Raposa Serra do Sol, explained to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC.

Achieving #LandRightsNow!

Celebrating Title in Raposa do Sol

I’ve been excited to read a heap of recent studies that show the important role that indigenous peoples play in protecting the rainforest. This newest study by Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) adds more even more evidence – and lays bare the need for governments to do more to recognize indigenous and community land rights.

Indigenous Communities Unite to Train Tech-Savvy Teams to fly Drones to Protect Forests in Panama

Looking up through the trees a small howler monkey scurries away. Maybe it thinks the large white wings belonged to a harpy eagle planing overhead, or perhaps the strangeness of the fixed-wing drone is enough to frighten it away.