Forests

Our Very Lives Depend on Them

What's at Stake

Forests are critical to the survival of every living thing on Earth. Forests clean the air, absorb greenhouse gas emissions, and stabilize the climate—both globally and locally. Forests also provide habitat for 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and livelihoods for 1.6 billion people.

Josué Avila, nature guide from the Sani community

Josué Avila, a nature guide from the Sani community, takes the author into the jungle.

Photo credit: Jungwon Kim

Strong Forests and Healthy Communities

Many communities have revered their ancestral forest homes for centuries, recognizing how forests provide people with livelihoods, shelter, water, and medicine. The cycle of poverty and deforestation harms critically important ecosystems and imperils the public health and cultural traditions of communities that live in and near forests—not to mention the future development of potentially life-saving medicines.

Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest

Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest

Photo credit: iStock

Forests Support an Earth Rebalanced

Forests are ecological powerhouses. Not only do they stabilize global climate patterns, they also support healthy micro-climates and limit the Earth’s reflectivity. This in turn regulates ocean currents, wind patterns, and rainfall. Forests are crucial to maintaining the balance of several marvelously efficient, interdependent ecosystems.

Our Work

Our Work: Forests

The Rainforest Alliance uses a comprehensive range of strategies to conserve forests around the world. Our conservation partners include indigenous forest communities, governments, civil society organizations, and companies committed to responsible sourcing. Together, we have helped prevent the deforestation of nearly 4.4 million hectares in high-risk landscapes and forest frontiers.

Banding logs together in Haida Gwaii British Columbia

Delivering on Ethical Supply Chain Commitments

The Rainforest Alliance is on the Steering Group of the Accountability Framework initiative (AFi), a coalition of leading environmental and social NGOs that is helping companies track, implement, and reach their commitments towards deforestation-free supply chains. The AFi will align common definitions, norms, and good practices to improve transparency, reduce environmental and social risk, and improve accountability in forestry and agriculture supply chains.

Woman in Tres Islas Brazil Nut processing facility

Woman in Tres Islas Brazil Nut processing facility

Photo credit: Mohsin Kazmi

A Sustainable Indigenous Forest Economy

The Rainforest Alliance worked with the community of Tres Islas, located in the biodiversity capital of the Peruvian Amazon, to develop a sustainable economy that includes non-timber forest products like Brazil nuts and palm fruit, as well as sustainably harvested timber. With training provided by our field experts, Tres Islas has added value to its forest products and increased revenues by 74 percent.

Learn more about how we are working to achieve our mission.
 
Our Impact

Our Impact

From the very beginning of our journey, the Rainforest Alliance has forged innovative solutions to address the global crisis of deforestation. The complex web of pressures that threaten our forests demand comprehensive, landscape-level solutions that address not only environmental threats but the economic pressures that contribute to them. We constantly evaluate our results in order to amplify our impact.

Land area under sustainable management

87,200,000 acres

of forestland managed sustainably

This number includes land area certified to the Forest Stewardship Council Standard (FSC). Data accurate as of January 31, 2018.

Strong Forests

Over 87.2 million acres (35.3 million ha) of forestland are managed according to the rigorous environmental, economic, and social standards required for Rainforest Alliance certification.

people trained in sustainable forestry

32,539 people

trained in sustainable forestry

Data accurate as of June 30, 2017.

Supporting Frontline Conservationists

We have trained more than 32,500 people in sustainable forestry. Our forest enterprise projects with indigenous and forest communities in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras alone have generated $147,329,235 in revenue for our partner communities since 2010.

Learn more ways we are achieving real results.
 
Get Involved

Get Involved

Join us to help rebalance the earth. 

Deforestation in the Philippines

More than 50 percent of the world's forests have been destroyed or degraded. But it's not too late...

A sapling grows among the moss in the forest.

Forests are our most powerful allies in the fight against climate change, we need them in order to keep our planet in balance. 

Burning Peruvian forest - photo by Mohsin Kazmi

Forests are falling at an alarming rate.

Each minute, 85 acres are destroyed.

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