Aerial view of tropical forests and waterway in Indonesia

RAINFOREST TRUST CLIMATE ACTION FUND

The protection of tropical forests has been identified as one of the best ways we can combat climate change in the here and now.  Preserving these forests enables the sequestration of vast sums of carbon, preventing huge quantities being released into the atmosphere. The Rainforest Trust aims to permanently lock away 15 billion tons of carbon by the year 2025, and their Climate Action Fund is already playing a crucial role in this mission. The fund supports a wealth of individual forest protection schemes worldwide, intervening to establish public and private nature reserves in the most threatened areas of highly effective forestland at source, and appointing experienced local conservation partners to manage these reserves once established. Having a fund already in place allows the Rainforest Trust to react quickly in areas suddenly exposed to imminent danger, enabling crucial funding to be fast-tracked with minimal delay.

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Amazon rainforest at dawn

PROTECTING INDIGENOUS LAND IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZON

The Loreto and Ucayali regions are two of the largest moist tropical forests in Peru, a country where half the surface area is covered by tropical forest. The regions are home to 220 communities and endangered species, including Giant Otter, Black-faced Black Spider Monkey and White-bellied Spider Monkey. Hundreds of indigenous communities – and of course the wildlife – had no recognised land rights and were under threat from loggers, mining, gas and agricultural industries. Rainforest Trust is working in partnership with the Center for the Development of an Indigenous Amazon (CEDIA) to secure titles for all 220 communities, covering an area of more than six million acres. The land rights will not only protect the area from deforestation and prevent the release of carbon into the environment, but also secure the homes of the native communities and preserve habitat for endangered wildlife. Our first donation in support of this project was made in September 2019 and protected 9,230 acres of threatened rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Red shanked douc langur in Laos

SAVING HABITAT IN THE ANNAMITE MOUNTAINS, LAOS

We are delighted to report that this project is now fully complete and 133,098 acres of land protected!

The Khoun Xe Nong Ma province in Southeast Asia’s Annamite Mountains is one of the world’s most important biodiversity regions, supporting unique species including the Critically Endangered Saola (also known as the Asian Unicorn), Large-antlered Muntjac, Southern White-cheeked Gibbon, Red-shanked Douc Langur and Chinese Three-striped Box Turtle. These species were threatened by illegal snaring by commercial hunters. Rainforest Trust is working in partnership with Asian Arks and with the support of local communities to conserve the forest as a National Protected Area. As well as placing the area under legal protection, funds will also be used to train snare removal teams and support revenue-generating activities such as eco-tourism to ensure long-term sustainability. Our first donation in support of this project was made in September 2019 and protected 530 acres of threatened rainforest in the Annamite mountains in Laos.

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