Rainforest Concern

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Mission Statement

Rainforest Concern's mission is to protect the natural environment, establish ecological corridors to create connectivity of habitat, and put in place long term conservation measures to safeguard vulnerable habitat for the future, working with local communities and organisations.
We currently work in eight countries; Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Belize, Chile, Romania and India across a variety of critical habitats, home to an incredible diversity of wildlife.
Conservation initiatives include creating protected reserves through land purchase, registering ancestral indigenous territories, promoting sustainable livelihoods and delivering environmental education to local communities and UK schools.
Fundamental to our mission as a conservation charity is to raise awareness of the fragile ecosystems we are conserving and why these are so important especially in light of our current climate change crisis. We have provided educational resources and talks to many schools in the UK over the last 25 years, as well as regularly funding environmental education workshops for communities in the regions where we work.

Description

Established in 1993, Rainforest Concern avoids deforestation of critically endangered habitats by working with local communities and indigenous groups to understand the issues and finding long-term solutions to the threats facing them.
What we do:
1. Habitat conservation
· Conserve vulnerable natural habitats and fragile ecosystems to protect the incredible biodiversity and endangered species they contain
· Create ecological corridors for animals and species to seasonally migrate and for natural seed dispersal to continue
· Support seed bank initiatives to conserve the biodiversity of specific habitats
· Mitigate climate change by keeping existing forest standing as well as reforesting
· Protect water sources to maintain a balanced ecosystem as well as improving the health, quality of life and livelihoods for local communities
· Facilitate scientific research & monitoring to better support the case for nature when habitats are threatened and to steer our conservation approach.
· Reduce the need for hunting by finding alternative solutions
2. Support local communities
· Defend the rights of indigenous people and local communities to protect their land from unwanted development & mining
· Develop projects which provide alternatives to deforestation through supporting sustainable livelihood initiatives
· Empower and train local people and organisations to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to become custodians of their forests
· Create better opportunities for men and women to earn a living
· Improve the quality of life for communities by targeting health related issues in projects such as protecting and managing clean water sources, use of pesticides, nutrition, and the management of small holdings
3. Education
· Raise awareness of the desperate plight of our forests & deliver environmental education to better inform people to reverse this trend, both in the UK through schools and in the countries where we work. Through this work many local communities gain a real pride in their unique natural environment and develop a lasting commitment to protect it
· Invite people to learn for themselves by visiting our overseas projects where we support community ecotourism lodges, academic research and volunteer programmes
· Encourage more sustainable lifestyles at home through our carbon offsetting programme

Program Details

As a small charity our approach is to work together with others to achieve more. We have built up a strong network of partners from local NGO’s and indigenous tribes, to corporate partners and individuals as well as being able to call on the expertise of our distinguished board of trustees and advisors. Our work has faced many serious challenges, but our sound local knowledge combined with funding from our donors who support our long-term conservation approach has meant we have a long record of successful outcomes in the field.
For information about our current projects, please visit our website.
Primary Issue
Wildlife
Secondary Issue
Climate Change
Address
66 Great Pulteney Street
Bath, BANES BA2 4DL
United Kingdom
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