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What we do

Rainforest Foundation Norway has a rights-based approach to rainforest protection. Research and our own experience have shown that the most effective way to protect the rainforest is to secure the rights and opportunites of its traditional populations to manage the forest for the long term.

Where we work

The Amazon

The problem

In the Amazon, a gruelling battle for resources is under way. If all of the current plans for the exploitation of resources are realised, half of the world’s largest rainforest will disappear. The main drivers of deforestation in the region are industrial agriculture, including cattle ranching; the extraction of petroleum and minerals; logging; and various infrastructure projects such as hydroelectric dams.

What is RFN doing about it?

We see the Amazon as one large ecosystem. Therefore, we promote a comprehensive approach to the preservation and management of various types of protected areas across the region’s national boundaries, even as we advocate for the creation of new indigenous territories.

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Central Africa

The problem

In 2002, a moratorium on new logging permits was introduced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but this temporary ban is in jeopardy. If it is repealed, forests will be opened to large-scale industrial logging. This will create major problems for 40 million Congolese who are directly dependent on the forest. The country’s indigenous population, the Pygmies, are subjected to widespread discrimination.

What is RFN doing about it?

We are working to achieve a shift in policy in DR Congo, towards one that respects human rights, maintains the integrity of the rainforest and combats poverty through sustainable, community-based forest management. We do this through the strengthening of local environmental and indigenous organisations and national networks of such organisations, and supporting their advocacy work as well as their field work with forest-dependent peoples.

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Southeast Asia and Oceania

The problem

The rate of deforestation in this region is now the highest in the world. Large, contiguous forests exist today only on the islands of Borneo and New Guinea. The devastation is due in large part to plantations, illegal logging, mining and the construction of dams for hydropower.

What is RFN doing about it?

Our work focuses on sustainable forest management and securing land rights for forest-based peoples. Through capacity building, alternative education and legal training, we seek to strengthen the role of forest communities in protecting their forest against destruction. Our other main priorities in the region are placing indigenous rights on national agendas, building the capacities of our partner organisations, combating corruption and demanding sustainability from the industries that are currently causing deforestation.

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