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Environment

The link between deforestation and poverty

The Rainforest Foundation helps protect the incredibly rich biological diversity of the rainforest and the cultural integrity of the peoples whose lives and livelihoods are inextricably linked to those forests. 

By working with indigenous communities to gain control of their ancestral lands we have helped protect 28 million acres of rainforest. 

Tropical rainforests are increasingly threatened—an area the size of Manhattan is disappearing every hour. This forest loss is pushing millions of indigenous peoples into extreme poverty, contributing to global climate change, and causing unprecedented extinction of species. 

As deforestation pressures continue to intensify, assisting indigenous peoples to remain stewards of their ancestral lands is the most effective way to protect the rainforest and secure their livelihoods and culture.