The earth’s rainforests are a vital resource to everyone in the world, and preserving them requires actions from more than just governments. So as a starting point, here are some organisations that you can get involved with.
The crees foundation
Aiming to create a realistic long-term model for protecting the biodiversity of rainforest. the crees foundation manages 1500 acres of Peruvian rainforest from where it runs conservation research, community development projects and lodges for visitors to come experience its activities first hand. In the series, crees supports Elias in getting involved in sustainable agro-forestry as an alternative to illegal logging. Agro-forestry is an integrated approach to growing forests and crops simultaneously. It provides a sustainable way of re-planting the rainforest whilst ensuring food crops can sustain the livelihoods of people involved.
Size of Wales is a unique initiative which brings people in Wales together to help sustain an area of tropical forest the size of Wales as part of a national response to climate change. ‘An area the size of Wales’ is popularly used to rough measure of the rate of forest destruction, so the organisation is turning that concept on its head.
A human rights NGO campaigning for the rights of tribal peoples around the world, and helping these peoples defend their lives, protect their land and determine their own futures. Survival International does this by raising awareness of these peoples and the threats they are facing, as well as providing other types of support like legal representation and funding for self-help projects.
The FSC is a not-for-profit organization which aims to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. The FSC provides a global certification system to ensure timber is sourced from forests that meet high environmental and social standards. FSC certification are obtained through inspection against strict criteria, and establishing a chain of custody to track timber through every stage of the supply chain.
Many products in the UK today are FSC-certified so look out for the tick tree logo when you’re buying wood or paper products to make sure you’re buying from sustainably managed forests.
The Rainforest Alliance in a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and tropical forests. It believes that “the best way to keep forests standing is by ensuring that it is profitable for businesses and communities to do so.”
The Rainforest Alliance provides a range of certification and verifications to certify the origins and sustainable management of the forests of these products. The list of Rainforest Alliance certified products includes coffees, teas, chocolate and fruit. Search for them and other products on Shop the Frog or look out for the green Rainforest Alliance frog symbol when buying.
The Sky Rainforest Rescue project, launched by in partnership between Sky and WWF aims to protect one billion trees in Acre, north-west Brazil. The project works with families in the Amazon to develop sustainable farming practices, and supports the making of forest-friendly products.
You can get involved through sponsoring acres of the rainforest, supporting the “I love the Amazon” community and donating to WWF.
The Native Federation of the Madre de Dios River and Tributaries, FENAMAD, is the parent organisation of the indigenous peoples of the region. It was founded by indigenous communities in 1982 with the aim of defending the rights and promote plans, projects and activities being of the indigenous peoples of Madre de Dios.