When tackling the pressing global issues of deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change, and threats to indigenous rights and lands, we need people from all walks of life to work together.
Every day, we work with communities and governments, simultaneously working from the bottom-up and the top-down. The many facets of our forest protection model target the root causes of deforestation and forest degradation from all angles, creating a 360° ripple effect that makes for tangible, permanent, self-sustaining change.
Despite the serious threats to their lands and livelihoods, indigenous and local communities are often excluded from decision making about their lands, rights, and futures.
Rainforest communities and organizations should lead in forest protection and management efforts on their land. Strengthening the capacities of communities and organizations to implement conservation plans empowers local people to be in control of the future of their communities and forests.
Protecting forests starts with empowered rainforest communities. Whether it be managing a community-owned protected area or promoting regenerative agriculture, it is crucial that members of the communities we work with have leadership roles in our projects.
Projects are designed for, with, and by the local communities. Our role is to contribute our institutional knowledge, resources, connections, and support, joining our expertise with our partners’ in a powerful act of collaboration and equal partnership.
- Community members and organizations can independently teach others, expand projects, or create new ones without needing external support
- Long term successful implementation of conservation and management plans
- Because projects are led by local people and compatible with local practices and cultures, the conservation impact is long lasting and advance communities’ visions for their futures
Many rainforest communities lack economic security and stable sources of income to support critical resources such as healthcare or education. Without sustainable economic options, many communities are vulnerable to threats like the encroachment of extractive industries on indigenous lands or illegal logging or mining.
Economic problems call for economic solutions. Artisan crafts, agroforestry, or ecotourism enterprises, for example, create economic opportunity for local and indigenous communities.
We help organize workshops to improve community capacities to generate income, support their access markets to effectively sell products, and provide technical support when needed.
- Economic security and stability for local and indigenous communities
- Economic independence for women
- Increased community resources and resilience
- Strengthened community capacity to protect and manage lands and rights
Missing data means weak policy and management plans. But policy and management plans should be grounded in ecological and biological research to best ensure their long term success and sustainability.
In many forest regions, there is very little to no available research available on local ecosystems or wildlife, making science-based policy impossible.
We use science to remove barriers to effective conservation. With the help of our many partners, we perform biological assessments, publish academic research papers, and create data-backed action plans to support conservation policy grounded in research. In regions with little to no available research, we establish foundational data and encourage future research.
-Improved conservation of endangered and key species
-Strategic conservation policies and effective implementation
-Successful management of protected areas
-Restoration of deforested areas and healthy ecosystems
-Gaps in knowledge filled by baseline research
Tropical forest ecosystems and biodiversity are threatened by deforestation, oil extraction, mining, industrial agriculture, livestock, and forest fires. Many species are endangered and their habitats fragmented, extractive activities contaminate water and land, and large areas of forest are cut down.
By collaborating with local and indigenous communities, we support the development of sustainable practices that protect and restore the forests. Conservation and restoration of the landscape is done by protecting endangered species, regenerating degraded lands, and protecting existing forest.
- Sustainable management of forest ecosystems
-Long term successful management and protection of local and regional biodiversity
-Protection of endangered species
- Ecological stability and community resilience
- More tropical forest available to act as critical carbon sinks
Conservation policy is often weak or unsuccessful due to ineffective implementation of those policies. Local and regional governments and organizations often need support to expand their conservation knowledge, skills, and resources, to effectively implement their policies and plans. Finally, many local and indigenous communities lack legal rights to their lands.
Effective and informed government policy must be paired with successful management and implementation.
We work with local, regional, and national governments to design, develop, advocate for, and implement conservation policies that protect rainforests and the communities living in them. We maintain relationships with our partners and promote capacity building to ensure the long term enforcement of continuous success of these policies.
We also work with partners to establish and manage protected areas.
- Long term and durable implementation of conservation plans and policies
- Empowered governments, local leaders, and organizations with increased capacity to lead long term conservation
- Institutionalized land stewardship and conservation
-Increased government support and resources for conservation and communities
- Protected areas with maintained water sources, healthy ecosystems and habitats, protection of biodiversity, and sustained carbon sinks
We’re up against powerful forces. To protect rainforests from extraction, deforestation, and destruction, it’s going to take all of us.
We share the abundance of the forest with the world; through our bold and creative global initiatives, RP energizes, educates, mobilizes, and connects people all around the globe. These programs raise awareness and engage a diverse range of audiences, from filmmakers and film-watchers to Next-gen youth, from the private sector to governments, organizations, and individuals who want to make a difference.
- Films for the Forest (F3) is an annual global filmmaking challenge that offers artists, NGOs, educators, and the general public a platform to engage and think about their shared responsibility to conserve the planet. F3 has received film submissions spanning all seven continents.
- World Rainforest Day (WRD), launched in 2017, is celebrated annually on June 22nd to focus on the outsized role rainforest play on the planet’s well-being. We partner with organizations, private companies, and governments all over the world to drive the conversation around protecting tropical rainforests.
- Gen Z for the Trees (Z4T), started in 2020, leverages the energy and power of youth activism to move towards their groundbreaking goal of net-zero deforestation by 2030.
- Global empowerment and inspiration to protect tropical forests
-Diverse and widespread coalition of rainforest partners working together to ensure a better future for forests and climate