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.


International Court Recognizes Maya's Right to Their Ancestral Lands

The Caribbean Court of Appeal today affirmed a lower court decision finding that, the Maya, one of the Rainforest Foundation's partners in southern Belize, have rights to the lands they have customarily used and occupied. Today’s judgment requires the government  to demarcate and register Maya communal lands, and protect them against incursions by outsiders. 

Global Witness Report: 40% of the 117 Environmental Activists Killed in 2014 Were Indigenous People

“They follow me. They threaten to kill me, to kidnap me, they threaten my family. That is what we face,” said  Berta Cáceres, winter of the Goldman Environmental Prize. Since 2013, three of her colleagues have been killed for resisting the Agua Zarca hydro-dam on the Gualcarque River, which threatens to cut off a vital water source for hundreds of indigenous Lenca people.

Maya communities in Belize bring land rights case to the Caribbean Court of Justice

Maya communities in Southern Belize have been fighting for decades to have their traditional lands recognized.  In 2004, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights affirmed their rights to their lands.  In landmark rulings, the Supreme Court of Belize upheld these rights in 2007 and 2010.  The government has so far failed to comply with the rulings, and has granted permits to outsiders – including an oil company – to Maya lands.