Rainforest Trust have been helping protect tropical forests through partnerships and community engagement for over 30 years.
Their incredible work has resulted in over 34 million acres of threatened habitat and a huge 23.5 billion trees being protected so far.
These incredible ecosystems are not only imperative to the fight on climate change due to the amount of CO2 they store, but are also home to many endangered species.
Hyram and Dr. James Deutsch, CEO at Rainforest Trust, discuss how important Tropical Forests are for storing CO2.
As the largest storehouse of carbon after the oceans, forests absorb and store about 30% of current levels of carbon emissions from fossil fuels and industry into their biomass, soils and wood products, and have the potential to store much more. At present, however, about 12 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to derive from deforestation.
- United Nations Forum on Forests, 2019
Conservation and Biodiversity
Tropical forests contain over 66% of the worlds biodiversity, from flora and fauna, fungi, mammals and insects. Conservation and protecting endangered species is a passion for Rainforest Trust and a big focus of their work.
So far, they have helped protect forests that are home to 345 endangered mammals, 468 endangered birds and 250 endangered amphibians.
Communities that live within forests rely the most directly on forest biodiversity for their lives and livelihoods, using products derived from forest resources for food, fodder, shelter, energy, medicine and income generation.
Indigenous peoples depend to a high degree on forest biodiversity for their livelihoods. Areas managed by indigenous peoples (approximately 28 percent of the world’s land surface) include some of the most ecologically intact forests and many hotspots of biodiversity.
Forests provide more than 86 million green jobs and support the livelihoods of many more.
- Food and agriculture department of the United Nations
The Bajo Paragua forest of Eastern Bolivia has been hit hard by illegal logging and forest fires in recent years,losing 5-10% of its land mass in the 2020 fire season. If these trends continue, the entire forest, an area one and a half times the size of Delaware, will be lost within a few years.
Rainforest Trust are working to safeguard and protect over 2 million acres of rich, lowland rainforest from further fire disasters and deforestation. They are working with a local partner who will train, equip and deploy patrols and fire brigades to protect both the forest and its local community.