Expand conserved areas to boost global economy ravaged by COVID-19: Report

Protecting 30% of the world’s lands and oceans would cost $140 billion annually, with the target reachable by 2030, according to a report by an international team of scientists and economists released this month. Dramatically increasing protected areas would provide a buffer between human and wildlife communities, helping prevent pandemics such as COVID-19, while also […]

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UPDATED: Using Blockchain Technology to Protect the Rainforest

Rainforest Foundation US is using blockchain and related technology to track, verify, and link direct financing to communities for protecting and regenerating forests.  Updated 25 June 2020: Please see the latest on this project below. Rainforest Foundation and Regen Network have launched a blockchain based pilot project in the indigenous community of Buen Jardin de Callarú, […]

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SOS Rainforest Livestream to protect Indigenous Peoples and the planet

Musicians, indigenous peoples, activists, and celebrities come together to raise awareness and funds for indigenous communities facing twin existential threats from Covid-19 and stepped up tropical rainforest destruction. On June 21, major international artists will join in solidarity with indigenous peoples for an international livestream to raise awareness and support for indigenous forest guardians who […]

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2020: We’re going all-in to protect the world’s tropical forests

Key to success: Turbo-charging Indigenous People’s rights to control their territories.   What you can expect to see from us in 2020: 1. Accelerate the deployment of our proven anti-deforestation technology solution with Indigenous partners 2. Extend our presence to new geographies, including an expanded footprint in Brazil 3. Forge new alliances to amplify our […]

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Mozambique’s newly empowered rangers, courts catch up with poachers, loggers

Mozambique has recorded a measure of success recently against wildlife poachers and illegal loggers, thanks to stronger enforcement. Nearly a quarter of the country’s area has been designated as conservation space, helping wildlife numbers recover after a 15-year civil war that decimated animal populations. One of the remaining threats to the country’s protected areas is […]

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VIDEO: How satellites and drones help Indigenous Peoples protect the Amazon forest

[embedded content] Rainforest Foundation US and If Not Us Then Who release new documentary from the Amazon that show how indigenous environmental defenders are proving to conserve forests using technology. The Facts 1. About 35% of intact forest landscapes in the Amazon are managed by Indigenous communities. 2. Yet, in 2018, more than 30 environmental […]

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Study: Community-based monitoring & technology can cut deforestation in the Amazon

Indigenous-led, forest monitoring interventions yield credible and “measurable reduction of deforestation” in the Peruvian Amazon, according to preliminary results from a study led by Columbia University researchers. This unprecedented study builds on a growing body of research on the relationship between territorial rights of indigenous communities and deforestation prevention. Notably, this is the first randomized […]

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