The 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.
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.
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.
What environmental work do we do?
Where do we carry out this work?
We work in the Congo Basin and the Peruvian Amazon.
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.
How do we measure the impact of our work?
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.
How are donations typically distributed across our organisation?
We are very proud to say that 97% of our funds go to rainforest protection, with 2% spent on fundraising and
1% on governance.
What impact will your donation have?
Every £3 donation will go towards supporting local communities in Central Africa and Peru to defend their
Our sustainability statement
Environmental sustainability is at the core of the Rainforest Foundation UK’s mission. As such, RFUK is committed to minimising its environmental impact across all areas of our work through comprehensive use of resources & technology, & by promoting responsible and sustainable behaviours in our staff, partners & associates.
What UN Sustainable Development Goals are we contributing to?
RFUK contributes to Climate Action, Life on Land & Sustainable Cities & Communities. By fighting locally & globally for forest peoples rights to their land & livelihoods, ability to sustainably manage their forests, fairly access & use resources, & campaigning to influence national & international laws to protect rainforests & their inhabitants, our work also undoubtedly contributes to Reduced Inequalities, Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions, No Poverty, Zero Hunger & Good Health & Well-Being.