For over 25 years the Rainforest Foundation has been working to protect the rainforests of Amazon and beyond.
From the Harakambut in the Madre De Dios Region to the Achuar near the Ecuadorian border, indigenous communities of the Peruvian Amazon are the true heroes who protect millions of acres of rainforest and fight against illegal loggers, and miners to keep our forests alive. They put their lives on line to ensure not only that they have a home but also that the jaguars, scarlet macaws and tamarin monkeys that live in these forests will continue to thrive.
Respecting Indigenous communities land rights isn’t just the right thing to do, it is the most effective way to protect all the lives dependent on these rainforests–including our own!
Peru contains the third largest rainforest area after Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sadly, year after year it loses more and more of the forest to logging, palm oil plantations, oil extraction and mining. Yet, rainforests managed by indigenous communities are the most biodiverse and healthy, but they can’t do it alone, Indigenous communities need our help to safeguard their homelands and protect our rainforests for future generations.
54% rainforest cover
6th most biodiverse country
Are 45% of the population
51 indigenous peoples
Started working in 2005
Began with the Achuar
Today: Asheninka, Harakmbut, Shipibo-Konibo and more.
Forests controlled by indigenous communities are protected.
Last year, our planet lost rainforsts twice the size of Manhattan. But indigenous lands have 12 times
less deforestation than other areas.
Help Indigenous communities protect their lands & help us protect the future!
-Just $5 saves an acre of Rainforest-
Our Partners: The Shipibo-Konibo of Nuevo Saposoa & Patria Nueva
One of our newest partners in Peru, the Shipibo-Konibo, are fighting back against illegal loggers, miners and cocoa growers who would destroy their rainforest home. Tired of seeing their rainforest being destroyed, the Shipibo-Konibo partnered with the Rainforest Foundation to protect their homeland and to begin building a shield that will protect millions of acres beyond their traditional lands.
Together we created a strategy to ensure that illegal loggers and ranchers didn’t keep invading their lands.
- The Shipibo-Konibo put chains across the river to stop boats from going through their lands to bring illegal logs or drugs out of their land.
- Together we built a guardhouse at the edge of their ancestral land (on the only road into their forests) ensuring the community knows who is coming in and out of their community’s forests.
- We trained them to map their lands and taught them to fly drone to identify incursions and prove that coca growers, illegal loggers and miners were invading Nuevo Saposoa and Patria Nueva.
- We worked with the government to create eviction plans for those growing coca in the Shipibo-Konibo’s rainforest.
Then something magical happened: our Shipibo-Konibo partners generously reached out to some of the coca growers and other illegal squatters that had decimated some of their forest.
They offered to relocate them onto lands the Shipibo-Konibo have traditionally used for agriculture, if the squatters agreed to give up farming coca, grow their food sustainably, and otherwise follow community rules. Some of those asked, agreed and joined the indigenous community. Today, they too have become rainforest defenders—identifying illegal incursions on to community lands and drug traffickers and presenting their evidence the community and government.
When Edwin Chota and three other leaders of Saweto were killed defending the rainforest, their widows and daughters took over their work and continue to risk their lives to protect our rainforests.
We have sacrificed our lives for our land, but we are doing it for everyone. We know that when you kill a tree you are killing living being. Our climate is changing. Why? Because we are killing our trees.
MEET A RAINFOREST DEFENDER
Diana Rios puts her life everyday in order to protect her people and the planet. At only 22, she has already spent 4 years being targeted by illegal loggers just for defending the rainforest.
As a child Diana accompanied her father as he advocated for her people and their land rights, seeing first hand the hard work her community was doing to protect their forests. In 2014, her father and three other community leaders were assassinated by illegal loggers when they were trying to formalize ownership of their ancestral lands. Instead of being intimidated, Diana and the widows of the assassinated leaders took charge of their community. During the last four years Diana has become Saweto Alto Tamayo’s ambassador, the government for land rights but traveling around the world to speak out for land rights and against illegal logging.
Today, Diana knows that there are people around the world cheering her on as she fights for her community and our environment. Yet, Diana’s dedication to our rainforests has put her and others in her community at great personal risk.
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