Rainforest Trust have been helping to protect tropical forests through in country partnerships and community engagement for over 30 years.
Their incredible work has resulted in saving over 34 million acres of threatened rainforest from deforestation and a huge 23.5 billion trees being protected so far - that's oxygen for 47 BILLION people!
These incredible ecosystems are not only imperative to the fight against climate change and protection of rainforests, they also help to save endangered species and positively impact the homes of indigenous communities.
Hyram and Dr. James Deutsch, CEO at Rainforest Trust, discuss how important Tropical Forests are for storing CO2.
A large contributor of climate change is deforestation. Rainforest Trust work to protect land and tropical forests from deforestion, positively impacting the earth and our climate crisis. When forests are cut down or destroyed the stored carbon is released into the air as carbon dioxide, largely contributing to the global climate crisis.
Saving forests from deforestation means that carbon can continue to be stored within the forests, helping to protect the earth climate.
- United Nations Forum on Forests, 2019
Conservation and Biodiversity
Rainforest Trust partner with local conservation organizations in order to protect land and its biodiversity. Conservation and protecting endangered species is a passion for Rainforest Trust and a big focus of their work goes towards the protection of endangered species.
Tropical forests contain over 66% of the worlds biodiversity and through their amazing work, Rainforest Trust have so far, helped to protect forests that are home to 345 endangered mammals, 468 endangered birds and 250 endangered amphibians.
Indigenous people depend on forest biodiversity for their livelihoods. Approximately 28% of the worlds land surface is managed and home to indigenous communities, these areas provide shelter, food and are hotspots are biodiversity.
Forests provide more than 86 million green jobs and support the livelihoods of many more so by protecting forests, we are protecting people too.
The Bajo Paragua forest of Eastern Bolivia has been hit hard by illegal logging and forest fires in recent years,losing 5-10% of its land mass in the 2020 fire season. If these trends continue, the entire forest, an area one and a half times the size of Delaware, will be lost within a few years.
Rainforest Trust are working to safeguard and protect over 2 million acres of rich, lowland rainforest from further fire disasters and deforestation. They are working with a local partner who will train, equip and deploy patrols and fire brigades to protect both the forest and its local community.