The Rainforest Foundation was the first international nonprofit organization to support forest peoples as a strategy for promoting social justice and halting the destruction of tropical forests worldwide.
We believe that forest protection and human rights are interconnected. We recognize that indigenous peoples around the world are currently living sustainably in what are considered the most “pristine” rainforests. This is not a coincidence. The people who depend on the forest for their livelihoods, culture, and spirituality are careful in their use of the forest. There are no better forests stewards.
We believe that the most effective way to protect rainforests is to ensure that the indigenous communities who have historically managed and protected those forests have secure and long term rights to their lands and resources.