Current Projects to be updated in the near future.
The World Rainforest Fund has a very special current project that we need money to carry out. We intend to save a rainforest ecosystem in Ecuador that has the highest number of species per acre on the entire planet. This high biodiversity is the result of the fact that the low land Amazonian rainforest and the mountainous Andes ecosystems meet and overlap in this area, so that species from both ecosystems occur together here. It also has an unusually high number of endemic species (species found nowhere else on earth). This unprotected rainforest is adjacent to Sumaco/Napo-Galeras National Park. These two facts are cause for enthusiasm in themselves. Yet this case is especially exciting because the government of Ecuador has agreed to add this area to the national park if we can raise the money to pay lawyers to draw up the legal papers, and to provide the local people with an alternative means of making a living to cutting the rainforest.
We are fortunate to have a connection with the government of Ecuador and the indigenous and local people through Fundacion OSA. This non-profit foundation is run by Jonathon Miller, who is well-connected with officials in the government of Ecuador and local and indigenous people in and near the rainforest we are trying to add to the national park.
For the first $15,000, for every dollar donated to this project, two additional dollars will be donated by matching grants, one dollar by Jonathon Miller, and one dollar by an anonymous donor, tripling the impact of your gift to empower local and indigenous people, and save the rainforest ecosystem with the highest number of species per acre on earth.
We are supporting the non-profit, tax-exempt organization in Brazil called Hutukara. This is a coalition of indigenous tribes, led mainly by the Yanomami nation, fighting to save the lands of the indigenous peoples of the rainforests in the Brazilian Amazon. The Amazon Basin is the largest intact rainforest on earth, and the area with the highest overall terrestrial biodiversity—the largest number of species of animals and plants--on our planet. Hutukara needs hand radios and boats so the tribes can communicate with each other. They need funds to hold conferences among indigenous nations that live far apart from each other to plan strategies to save their forest. Illegal gold miners, farmers, and fishermen are destroying and over-exploiting their rainforest homes.
We are raising money to give them the radios, boats, and equipment, and to meet and hold conferences, needed to save their rainforest homes, and to remove the illegal destroyers of this diverse ecosystem. Among the primary goals of Hutukara is to remove the illegal gold miners and other rainforest destroyers from the lands of indigenous people. This battle can be won, since the Brazilian constitution recognizes indigenous people’s rights to their land. One key ingredient needed is to enforce their right to protect their rainforest homes.
For the first $10,000 we raise for this project to help Hutukara, two additional dollars will be donated by a matching grant from an anonymous donor, tripling the impact of your gift to empower indigenous people and save a portion of the largest and most diverse rainforest on earth, the Brazilian Amazon.
You can view a film that teaches about a key conference organized by Hutukara and how it helped save rainforest, organize and empower indigenous people, and gain their rights, by clicking on this Youtube link: Hutukara Yanomami Association
The Borneo Project
We gave more than one grant to the Borneo Project to help their quest to stop megadams in the Borneo rainforests in Malaysia. Massive hydroelectric dams in the state of Sarawak are destroying the rainforests and livelihoods of the indigenous people who live there. The Malaysian government is planning on building 12 additional dams.
The Bakun dam, finished in 2010, put 700 square kilometers of virgin rainforest and prime farmland under water. An estimated 9,000 native residents, mainly from the Kayan/Kenyah indigenous group, were relocated and were forced to pay close to US$15,000 for homes, despite being subsistence farmers with no previous participation in the economy of Sarawak...
We gave a grant to Conservation Heritage—Turambe, an organization in Rwanda dedicated to saving Mountain Gorillas and their cloud forest habitat by helping the local people living near the gorillas. This organization works with the Houston Zoo, which is also involved in preserving Mountain Gorillas and their habitat in Rwanda. Conservation Heritage—Turambe educates the children about the value of and need for conservation of gorillas, and teaches them hygiene and health practices. These are crucial to preserving gorillas, since many die from catching diseases from humans. Their altruistic work to help people in the area wins their support in Conservation Heritage—Turambe’s work to save gorilla habitat....
Additional grants and information can be found on the Grants Page.