Biennially since 1989, the Rainforest Alliance has offered two years of financial support to a graduate-level scientist whose research strives to understand and enhance the role of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in community development and forest conservation. Funded through the generosity of Elysabeth Kleinhans, to date the Rainforest Alliance has awarded 12 Kleinhans Fellowships to a diverse group of researchers whose scientific rigour, curiosity and dedication to the well-being of forestdependent communities is second to none.
Around the world -- in forests and on farms, in kitchens and supermarkets, in classrooms, pressrooms and boardrooms -- the Rainforest Alliance is helping to protect biodiversity, conserve natural resources, reduce climate change and offer economic opportunities to populations in need. See also the UK version of this fact sheet.
Help your students understand the unprecedented challenges facing our Earth -- and empower and inspire them to help protect it. The Rainforest Alliance makes it simple. Recognizing that teachers are continually challenged to meet intense curricular demands using limited resources, we have created comprehensive education tools to help you connect your kids to conservation.
Since 2009, the Rainforest Alliance has been working with businesses and community organizations known as Agrupaciones Sociales del Lugar (ASLs), which hold logging concessions for much of the forest in the region. With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Tinker Foundation, the Rainforest Alliance has helped those organizations to improve their stewardship of the land, worker conditions and market competitiveness.
In an effort to help coffee farmers conserve their forest landscapes, reduce emissions and receive payments for the climate services provided by their sustainably managed farms, the Rainforest Alliance has teamed up with local partners in Mexico as well as a coffee-industry leader on an innovative reforestation project in the state of Oaxaca.