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.


Our Fight: Ashaninka leaders defend their land, and pay the ultimate price

A new short documentary by Handcrafted Films follows the widows, family and friends of Edwin Chota and the three other Ashaninka leaders who were killed in the forests of Peru in September 2014. In their voices, we learn about their defense of their lands, and the work they'd done to combat illegal logging.

Environmental & land rights defenders under threat in Peru

Global demand for natural resources is growing, and with it, the threat to people on the frontlines, fighting to protect the environment.  Worldwide, over 900 people have been killed for defending their environment and their lands in the past ten years.  Many were indigenous or forest community leaders, who stood up against powerful mining, logging, and other interests.

Enough Rainforest Martyrs: the murders of Ashaninka leaders in Peru

Rainforest in PeruFour Peruvian indigenous environmental and human rights activists, including outspoken Asháninka leader Edwin Chota, were brutally murdered  on September 1st or 2nd, 2014, near the Brazilian border, presumably by illegal loggers from whom they had been receiving death threats. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident, but follows a long-term pattern of deadly violence against environmental defenders worldwide.

Peru’s New Cocaine: Gold Has Become South America’s Most Illicit Commodity

A new article on sheds light on illegal gold mining taking place in the Peruvian Amazon in the Madre de Dios region, home to some of the most biodiverse places on Earth.


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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