Conserving Vital Habitat for Endangered Species
All seven of the world’s sea turtle species are endangered. They are hunted by humans for their meat, eggs and beautiful shells and incidentally captured in commercial fishing equipment. Eco-conscious travelers in the Americas can get a glimpse of sea turtles and contribute to the conservation of their habitats by choosing one of the sustainable tourism businesses listed in our SustainableTrip.org directory.
The Petén region of Guatemala is a population stronghold for jaguars, the only big cat species found in the Americas. To help conserve this important habitat, the Rainforest Alliance is working with local communities to develop sustainable forest enterprises and mitigate climate change. We’ve also trained educators in the area to teach children about the importance of conservation.
Rainforest Alliance certification requirements for shade cover and diverse native tree species help conserve the buffer zones surrounding Indonesia's Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, a World Heritage Site and refuge for Sumatran tigers. Farmers who learn Rainforest Alliance methods of sustainable land management—including pruning, nourishing the soil and rejuvenating plants—often see increased productivity and income, gains that reduce economic pressure to encroach on park boundaries.
The great green macaw is an intelligent and vibrant bird that inhabits lowland tropical rainforests in Central and South America. Its population has dropped at an alarming rate due to deforestation and capture for the illegal pet trade. Conservationists are working hard to save this beautiful species, and are sharing valuable information with colleagues on our Eco-Index website.
For the critically endangered western lowland gorillas of Gabon, sustainable forest management can mean the difference between life and death. The Rainforest Alliance works with forestry companies in the region to conserve millions of acres of forestland in the region through FSC certification. A recent World Wildlife Fund study found “healthy populations” of critically endangered gorillas and chimpanzees on FSC certified logging concessions in the Congo Basin.
Many Neotropical migratory bird species are threatened by the loss of habitats along their transnational journeys. Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms and forests provide critically important habitat for Neotropical migratory birds, including this endangered golden-cheeked warbler.
Sumatran orangutans live up in the trees, climbing from branch to branch and foraging for fruit and insects. They are found only on the island of Sumatra, where illegal logging and conversion of forestland to palm oil plantations have caused this critically endangered population to plummet to an estimated 6,600 individuals. The survival of the orangutan rests on forest conservation and sustainable production, which makes the Rainforest Alliance’s work in palm oil certification and carbon sequestration in Indonesia vitally important.