Indigenous and local communities manage almost a quarter of the world’s lands—and that means they care for an astonishing 80 percent of Earth’s biodiversity.
And no one stewards the land better: Research showed that in a twelve-year period, the annual deforestation rates inside tenured Indigenous forestlands across the Amazon were 2-3 times lower than outside of them.
Yet, as effective as Indigenous people are at protecting forests, their rights are frequently under assault.
Indigenous leadership is crucial to achieve a resilient climate future. That’s why the Rainforest Alliance partners with Indigenous communities around the world to help promote human rights and build thriving rural livelihoods that nurture the lands and forests we all depend on.
Join the Rainforest Alliance today to protect the rights of Indigenous and local communities.