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"We challenge old and failing paradigms and pose new solutions to problems. Ultimately, we want to change the view that forest people are a 'problem', into one where they are seen as part of the solution."
Simon Counsell, Executive Director
We believe that the best way to protect the rainforest is through empowering the indigenous peoples to defend their ancestral lands.
We promote the establishment of community rights over rainforest lands and tackle the root of the problem related to deforestation and paving the way for local people to benefit fairly from the use and protection of forest resources.
Indigenous communities rely on the forest for food, water, medicine, shelter and they are strongly entwined spiritually and culturally to their rainforest. Yet most forest dependent people are unable to defend the lands they live upon even though they have long served as ‘protectors’ of the rainforest.
The Rainforest Foundation was founded in 1989 by Sting and his wife Trudie Styler, after they saw first- hand the destruction of the Amazon Rainforests, and the devastating impact it had on the lives of the indigenous people who lived there.
Since our inception, the Rainforest Foundation has helped indigenous communities and local communities to protect more than 11 million hectares of rainforest.