Rainforest Foundation UK

As little as £3 in donations helps a community to protect 1 hectare of their rainforest

Who are we?

RFUK are a non-profit organisation who believe the best way to protect the rainforest is through empowering indigenous peoples to defend their ancestral lands.

What do we do?

We promote the establishment of community rights over rainforest lands, tackling the root of problems related to deforestation & paving the way for local people to benefit fairly from & protect forest resources & defend their forest homes.

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Our organisation

Our mission?
Our mission is to support indigenous peoples & traditional populations of the worlds rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights to land, life & livelihoods.
How do we measure the impact of our work?
RFUK has a monitoring, evaluation & learning (MEL) framework that measures qualitative & quantitative progress towards stated objectives, milestones & indicators set out in our strategy. We also produce substantial publications on our investigations & field research, which are available on our website, e.g. our ground-breaking study "Protected Areas in the Congo Basin: Failing Both People & Biodiversity". Project updates are available on our website, social media, e-newsletter & annual review.
What environmental work do we do?
RFUK's approach differs from that of other organisations in that we are uniquely committed to both human rights & environmental protection. Instead of purchasing land or conserving forests purely for their biodiversity value, RFUK promotes the establishment of community rights over rainforest lands, tackling the root of problems related to deforestation & paving the way for local people to benefit fairly from & protect forest resources and defend their forest homes.
Where do we carry out this work?
We work in the Congo Basin and the Peruvian Amazon.
What impact have we achieved to date?
Since our inception in 1989, RFUK has helped indigenous & local communities to protect more than 12 million hectares of rainforest. The evidence, which includes our own research, is growing that forests under community control experience lower rates of deforestation, store more carbon, hold more biodiversity, and benefit more people.