The Rainforest Foundation UK

Our approach

At RFUK, we tackle deforestation locally and globally. Locally, we help forest communities to gain land rights, challenge logging companies, manage their forests and protect their environment. Globally, we campaign to influence national and international laws to protect rainforests and their inhabitants.

We believe that the best way to protect the rainforest is through empowering indigenous peoples to defend their ancestral lands.

Our approach differs from that of other organisations in that it is committed to both human rights and 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 the problems related to deforestation and paving the way for local people to benefit fairly from the use and protection of forest resources.

Since our inception, the Rainforest Foundation has helped indigenous communities and local communities to protect more than 12 million hectares of rainforest.

Our mission

The mission of the Rainforest Foundation is to support indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world's rainforest in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfil their rights to land, life and livelihood by:

  1. Securing and controlling the natural resources necessary for their long term well-being and managing these resources in ways which do not harm their environment, violate their culture or compromise their future.
  2. Developing means to protect their individual and collective rights and obtain, shape and control basic services from the state.

Campaigns and advocacy

Since our inception in 1989, the Rainforest Foundation has been a vocal advocate for indigenous rights and rainforest protection. In collaboration with local civil society organisations and international allies, we campaign to ensure laws around indigenous and community rights are respected – and where existing laws fall short, we advocate for stronger ones.

Whether opposing environmentally reckless infrastructure projects or alerting the international community to urgent human rights abuses, our campaign work is thoroughly rooted in practical experience and is constantly aimed at amplifying the voices of marginalised forest dwellers.