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Project Description

Rainforest Conservation

Rainforest Trust

Established in 1989

Mission Statement: The Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement.

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Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

CEO Salary: 0.68% of expenses

  • Safeguarded the equivalent C02 emission of 8.6 million cars

  • Rainforest Trust has safeguarded more than 18 million acres of Rainforest, through 126 reserves.

  • In 2017, the Rainforest Trust protected more than 55.2 million trees!

  • In 2015, Rainforest Trust worked with a local partner to help create the 3.3-million-acre Sierra del Divisor National Park, safeguarding an immense swath of pristine Amazon rainforest in Peru while protecting territory for indigenous communities.

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How the Rainforest Trust is making a difference


Rainforest Trust focuses on the creation of sustainable economic opportunities for local communities, including training as fellows, guardians, wildlife monitors and ecotourism guides. This allows their impacts to be adopted by the communities, and ensures their work isn’t reversed soon after.

Community Interaction

Their partners work closely with their national governments and local communities to formally establish reserves protecting the land.

Swift Action & Planning

The Rainforest Trust works with their partners to develop scientifically based conservation plans that are not only timely, but also resilient and sustainable. With detailed plans in place, they raise the funds necessary to implement them.

Critical Site Identification

Rainforest Trust identifies sites that provide a permanent refuge for endangered species, such as Sierra del Divisor National Park in Peru or Lomami National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These biodiverse areas often face immediate and direct threats, typically from loggers, miners or ranchers.

Strategic Partnerships

The Rainforest Trust establishes strategic partnerships with the world’s most experienced and committed conservationists, such as Cedia in Peru, and WCS in Cambodia. Those partners have intimate knowledge of their regions’ ecosystems and local communities is key to achieving long-term land and species protection.

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