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.


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.

Simpson Thacher Negotiates $30M Peruvian Remediation Plan

Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP announced that they secured a $30 million commitment from the Peruvian government including land titling, environmental remediation, and basic services for Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazonian Basin. While it is just the first step, Todd Crider, Partner at Simpson Thatcher, and Vice-chair of the Board at Rainforest Foundation explains, "Everyone agrees with what those rights are, and now it's about translating those rights into something that changes peoples' lives for the better." 

Wounaan General Meeting 2015

The Wounaan Congress, one of RF-US’ main partners in Panama, held its Congress, or General Meeting, on February 19 – 22, 2015. It was held in Mach Pobor, a community in the Embera and Wounaan Comarca, in the Darien.