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, White-bellied Spider Monkey, Yellow-footed Tortoise, Yellow-spotted River Turtle and the Lowland Tapir. The indigenous communities – and of course the wildlife – have no recognised land rights and are 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 Loreto and Ucayali people and preserve habitat for endangered wildlife. Our first donation in support of this project was made in October 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 hat 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), the Large-antlered Muntjac, the Endangered Southern White-cheeked Gibbon, the Red-shanked Douc Langur and Chinese Three-striped Box Turtle. A lack of funds and awareness has seen an increase in illegal snaring by commercial hunters and deterrents are needed urgently. Rainforest Trust is working in partnership with Asian Arks and with the support of local communities to establish 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 create revenue-generating activities such as eco-tourism to ensure long-term sustainability. Our first donation in support of this project was made in October 2019 and protected 530 acres of threatened rainforest in the Ammanite mountains in Laos.

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