The Rainforest Foundation UK

Climate Justice for Indigenous Forest Communities

This project will support indigenous peoples and local communities to protect rainforests and fight climate change by helping them to map and protect their traditional lands under threat from extractive industries.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1138287)

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Championed by Impact Fund


  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls


Multiple locations


Tropical forests are under growing threat from agribusiness, extractive industries and associated infrastructure projects. Combined with weak governance, this is a leading cause of biodiversity loss and climate change. Conventional conservation efforts in areas such as Africa’s Congo Basin have failed to reverse this trend, and can displace communities to make way for strictly protected areas or dubious carbon offsetting schemes allow polluting companies to continue business-as-usual.


The evidence is building that the most fair and sustainable path to the protection of tropical forests is to entrust them to the communities that live and depend on them. This project will support traditional forest guardians to create maps of their lands and to make legal claims to these areas so that they are able to conserve and benefit from them.