Rainforest Foundation - US


Mission Statement

The Rainforest Foundation works on the ground to secure land rights for indigenous people. We strengthen indigenous land security and train indigenous communities to use technology to protect their forests. By investing directly in indigenous communities, we connect people who are deeply motivated to conserve their ancestral lands with the tools, training, and resources necessary to protect their rainforests.


The Rainforest Foundation always works in partnership with indigenous communities and organizations. Together, we protect their forests by securing rights to their territories, strengthening sustainable land management and monitoring their forests.
  • Supply legal and technical support so that indigenous communities have the information needed to make decisions and influence public policy.
  • Build networks of indigenous technical experts who manage and analyze satellite data, monitor their forests and take action to keep illegal loggers, miners, and traffickers off of their ancestral lands.  
  • Support leaders and indigenous institutions, the cornerstone of effective advocacy and community-based conservation.
  • Provide on-the-ground equipment and training to partners so they can use smartphone, drone and satellite technology in defense of their land.
The Rainforest Foundation was founded with a radically new idea: What if indigenous people of the rainforest–those intimately connected to their ancestral lands–had the legal right to protect the forests we all depend on? When the Rainforest Foundation began, 30 years ago, environmental organizations didn’t focus on human rights. People living in the rainforest were seen as part of the problem. But one of our founders, Sting, listened to the Kayapo—an Indigenous community living deep in the Brazilian Amazon—and saw that supporting Indigenous communities was the best way to protect rainforests and the cultures that depend on them. Today data from satellite images and drone footage prove that defending indigenous rights isn’t just the right thing to do, it is the most effective way to protect our forests. It is a fact: rainforests protected by Indigenous communities have the lowest rates of deforestation in Central and South America.

Program Details

Rainforest Foundation US implements its vision by supporting Indigenous organizations that are intent on protecting their territories. We currently provide direct support to programs and organizations in Peru, Guyana, Brazil, and Panama.
Additionally, RFUS is the principal partner of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities, which is a coalition of Indigenous groups that represent 400 million Indigenous Peoples in Central & South America, Asia, and Africa. The Global Alliance works to draw increased attention and support for the causes of Indigenous and Traditional Communities committed to defending and managing their territories, which cover approximately 400 million hectares worldwide.
Protecting tropical forests is absolutely vital to the planet if we are to avoid the worse impacts from the climate crisis.
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Brooklyn, NY 11238
United States
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