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.


New Report Shows How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change

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The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Resources and Rights Initiative (RRI) unveiled their groundbreaking report, “Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change.” Using data from countries all over the world the report analyzes how strengthening the rights of forest communities can be an effective tool for reducing carbon emissions and curbing climate change.

AIDESEP statement on the Bagua trial: "Where indigenous peoples have rights, there are forests"

The following is AIDESEP's public statement regarding the trial starting on May 14, 2014, in Bagua, Peru.  It was printed in the May 11 Sunday edition of La Republica, one of the largest newspapers in Peru.  Thanks to Amazon Watch for the translation.

Mass trial of indigenous leaders to take place in Peru, May 14 2014

On May 14, 2014, a trial involving 57 indigenous leaders will begin in Bagua, Peruvian Amazon.  The biggest trial in Peruvian history, it is one of many that followed the unfortunate events known as the “Baguazo” in June 2009.




Every minute, an area the size of 300 football fields of the world’s most dense, species rich, forest is destroyed to create palm oil plantations. 

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