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Helping Indigenous Communities Manage Their Forests Sustainably
Published: February 2012
The Rainforest Alliance is helping indigenous communities in Peru's Madre de Dios region to adopt sustainable forestry, strengthening the protection of their communal forests while improving their standard of living. With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Gibson Foundation, the Tinker Foundation and Symantec, the Rainforest Alliance has helped community members to improve the safety, efficiency and environmental impact of their timber harvests, and increase their incomes from lumber sales. This will help them to conserve vast expanses of the Amazon rainforest for future generations.