About Us

The Rainforest Foundation US: Protecting Lands, Protecting Lives, Protecting Our Planet


Our mission

To support indigenous and traditional people of the world's rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights.


Our philosophy

We believe that forest protection and human rights are interconnected. We recognize that indigenous peoples around the world are currently living sustainably in what are considered the most “pristine” rainforests. This is not a coincidence. The people who depend on the forest for their livelihoods, culture, and spirituality are careful in their use of the forest. There are no better forests stewards. We believe that the most effective way to protect rainforests is to ensure that the indigenous communities who have historically managed and protected those forests have secure and long term rights to their lands and resources.


Our Approach

We work in partnership with indigenous groups and local grassroots organizations in Central and South America to:

We achieve results by providing project-related grants and direct technical assistance to our partners.


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