6 ways that One Tribe helps to protect our rainforests

Dianne Castillo
August 4, 2021
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6 ways that One Tribe helps to protect our rainforests

Dianne Castillo

Dianne Castillo

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One Tribe are proud to announce 6 projects we’ve been supporting to help protect the rainforests and wild life of the world.

Flora and fauna are potentially the most important and valuable groups that maintain the balance of nature on our planet earth. We need to take action now in order to fight for their conservation.

These projects aim to protect biodiversity, halt deforestation, expand environmental reserves as well as saving indigenous lands in multiple locations across the globe. 

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Stopping Deforestation at the Edge of the Bolivian Amazon

The Amazon is known as the world’s largest rainforest. Its lands cover nine countries in South America and one of them is Bolivia.  

The first project we present comes from a partnership established between Rainforest Trust and the Fundación Natura Bolívia, an organization that helps local communities to protect their water sources through forest conservation.

Rainforest Trust and our partner, Fundación Natura Bolivia, propose to work with the Guarasug’we indigenous tribe and local governments to create the San Ignacio and Concepcion Municipal Protected Areas in the Bajo Paragua Rainforest. 

The proposed protected areas will safeguard over 2 million acres of land and up to 1,273 species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and many charismatic large mammals.

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Project Goals

One of the main objectives is to train, equip and deploy patrols and fire brigades to protect the forest and its indigenous residents.

Supporting the Guarasug’we to fight wildfires will lead to a better management of the protected areas. They will be provided annual training ahead of each fire season and equipped with water tanks and hoses.

Our partner’s top priority will be to work closely with the Guarasug’we community to take back control of their land and forest to preserve their culture. 

The year of 2021 is bringing fruitful outcomes for our partner the Rainforest Trust. The organization has already hosted two virtual wine tasting events to raise funds that will help save two million acres of Bolivian Amazon rainforest

Stopping deforestation at the edge of the Bolivian Amazon

The Role of The Rainforest Trust

According to Leslie VanSant, vice president of philanthropy at Rainforest Trust, over 100 people attended the first wine tasting in March, 2021. The money raised helped to support a critically endangered species of bird: the blue-throated Macaw in Bolivia’s rainforests.

VanSant points out that these events serve not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness of Rainforest Trust’s projects in other countries. 

The Bajo Paragua also forms a critical corridor between two vast neighboring protected areas–securing it will maintain an unbroken expanse of forest through to Brazil. By helping us create the San Ignacio and Concepcion Municipal Protected Areas a new long-term legal protection to the forest will be provided.

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Saving Indigenous Lands in the Peruvian Amazon

Peru is another country that was gifted with a beautiful stretch of lands of the Amazon rainforest. The Loreto and Ucayali regions are the two largest Amazon regions in the country and are traditionally occupied and protected by hundreds of indigenous communities.

Unfortunately, these groups have no recognized ownership rights and their lands are constantly suffering from illegal logging, mining, oil and gas extraction, and agriculture practices from agro-industries.

Without the titles to their territories, native communities have no legal instrument to defend these lands from activities like logging and agricultural expansion.

These activities illegally happen in the forests mainly due to the lack of land property legalization or usage rights in areas occupied by indigenous groups. 

Rainforest Trust and the Development of an Indigenous Amazon (CEDIA) have partnered to save these Indigenous lands in the Peruvian Amazon by purchasing lands and giving the titles for the indigenous peoples that live there. Thanks to the generous support of donors this project has successfully reached the fundraising goal.

Endangered animals in Peruvian Amazon

Widespread Protection

Through this project it is expected that protection will span five different and threatened eco-regions: Ucayali moist forests, Napo moist forests, Southwest Amazon moist forests, Iquitos Varzea and Solimoes Japurá moist forests. 

The project will also provide protection for many endangered species such as the White-bellied Spider Monkey, the Giant Otter, the Black-faced Black Spider Monkey, the Lowland Tapir, The Yellow-footed Tortoise and the Yellow-spotted River Turtle. 

Land titles will give Indigenous communities the rights for legal management of their territories and resources, to protect the land, live on it sustainably, and raise the alarm against potential threats.

Protect Mexico’s Monarch Corridor in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains

Another project that has successfully reached the fundraising goal aims to save Mexico’s biodiversity stronghold in the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains

According to our partner Rainforest Trust, in the last decades, Mexico’s Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range has lost more than 88,000 acres of land mostly due to agricultural and livestock use. 

These unsustainable activities are a constant threat to the rich variety of ecosystems within the Sierra Madre. 

This time, Rainforest Trust has partnered with Pronatura Noreste foundation to prevent more destruction on the Mexican lands that are home to thousands of species and considered one of the main migratory corridor routes of the Monarch butterfly.

Each fall, millions of monarch butterflies leave their summer breeding grounds in the northeastern U.S. and Canada and travel upwards of 3,000 miles to reach overwintering grounds in southwestern Mexico.

Project Goals

It is expected that the project will help protect up to 132 mammal, 45 amphibious and 142 reptilian species in Sierra Madre Oriental mountains. 

To prevent any more destruction, the two organizations teamed up to safeguard up to one million and a half acres of land and the Monarch Corridor that is a migratory route not only for butterflies but also for 281 bird species, including some endangered ones. 

The project will allow Rainforest Trust and Pronatura Noreste to work with local communities to develop a management plan, monitor the protected area, engage them in environmental education activities, and encourage sustainable agricultural practices.

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Protect biodiverse Atlantic Forest in Brazil’s Serra Bonita Mountain Range

Known for its spectacular biodiversity, Brazil’s Atlantic forest had approximately 93% of its lands destroyed throughout the last centuries mostly due to urban expansion, illegal logging and exploitation of living beings. 

As an attempt to protect what has remained of the forest, Rainforest Trust has teamed up with Instituto Uiraçu since 2013 to create a reserve in the Serra Bonita Mountain, in the state of Bahia.

Our two organizations have been working to conserve the natural integrity of the Serra Bonita Mountain Range through the creation of the 8,468 acre Serra Bonita Reserve Complex (SBRC). 

Through a direct land purchase, the aim of the project is to significantly expand the reserve. It is expected that our partners will be able to purchase 750 additional acres of mountain forest, hills and valleys, further bolstering protections to the region.

What The Serra Bonita Project Helps

This project is helping us to take critical steps to safeguard a wide range of unique endangered animals. The reserve is home to a total of seventy endemic bird species like the Banded Cotinga, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Rufous-Brown Solitaire and Bahia Tyrannulet. In addition, primate species are also part of the biodiversity of the forest. 

The project also allows Instituto Uiraçu to continue their work with local landowners, raising their awareness regarding the importance of conservation of the forest.

Serra Bonita Reserve - Conservation Birding

Protect the Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra

Did you know that the Leuser Ecosystem is the last place on Earth where orangutans, elephants and tigers coexist in the wild?

This landscape spans over 6 million acres and houses the largest intact forest remaining on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia

Its diverse landscape includes lowland and montane rainforests, nine rivers, three lakes, and over 185,000 hectares of carbon-rich peatlands. The rainforest is considered an important source of clean drinking water and agricultural livelihoods for over four million people. 

The Island is home to a variety of animals, many of them considered endangered such as the Sumatran Orangutan, Sumatran Tiger, Helmeted Hornbill, Asian Elephant, Siamang, White-handed Gibbon, Otter Civet, Hairy-nosed Otter, Storm’s Stork, and the White-winged Duck. 

Our conservation partner Forum Konservasi Leuser (FKL) has been working together with Rainforest Trust since 2016 to protect a critical portion of the Leuser.

Main objectives of the Sumatran project

One of the main objectives is to purchase up to 2,472 acres of land, bringing the total land protected to 4,000 acres. It is expected that through acquiring this land, our partners will be able to extend a protected wildlife corridor vital to all the threatened species that live on the Island.

In addition, the project’s top priority is to stop encroachment and illegal activities that happen on the protected areas through patrols and land management. 

By supporting the project, we also help support FKL to educate local communities of the Island in sustainable resource use, teaching them how to conserve the forest, the rivers and how to live peacefully with the environment and the existing wildlife on the rainforest.

FKL is also recruiting community members to help patrol the protected areas to stop deforestation, ensuring the conservation of the ecosystem for future generations.

Endangered animals in the Sumatra Island

Expanding the Los Tities de San Juan Reserve in Colombia

The rainforests of Colombia are home to a variety of animals and some of them are only found in the northern region of the Colombia tropical dry forests. This is the case of the Cotton-top Tamarins, a breed of monkey that has been considered one of the world’s most endangered primates

It is estimated that two decades ago up to 40,000 Cotton-top Tamarins were captured into the wild jungles and exported from Colombia to the United States to be used in biomedical research. This criminal activity caused a drastic reduction of their population.

The tropical forest region of northern Colombia has been identified by the country’s biodiversity experts as one of the most threatened ecosystems in the country

Today, the greatest threat to the survival of the Cotton-top Tamarin is the deforestation of their habitat for agriculture, cattle ranch, mining, illegal logging and urban expansion as well. 

1. Expanding the Lost tities de San Juan reserve

Goals of the Columbian project 

In 2015 the Los Titíes de San Juan Reserve was established from a partnership between Rainforest Trust and La Fundación Proyecto Tití. The two organizations teamed up to raise funds in order to purchase lands to expand the Los Titíes de San Juan Reserve

In 2018 their goal was to double the size of the reserve and the money was successfully raised to continue this beautiful act to protect the Colombian rainforest in the northern region of the country. 

And now, One Tribe’s goal is to raise funds to expand an additional 110 acres. The new site is another strategic step to creating corridors that connect forest fragments to existing protected areas in the region so we can protect not only the Cotton-top Tamarin, but the whole forest and the living species that live there.

The Fundación Proyecto Tití has also joined the national goal of planting 25,000 trees in the “Los Titíes de San Juan” reserve. It is estimated that more than 50,000 seedlings are produced there each year. In 2021 the foundation goal is to plant 25,000 trees in the reserve.

Cotton headed Tamarins on a tree in San Juan reserve

Funding the Planet’s Protection: One Tribe’s Goal

Did you know that the protection of all these projects we’ve been partnering with help participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

There’s still time for you to join the fight for climate change and for a better world! You can support projects, organizations and companies that are concerned with the future of humanity and the conservation of wildlife and rainforests on the planet earth.

Supporting these projects works. At One Tribe, we fully funded the Peru project mentioned above, protecting 670,000 acres earlier this year. And, over the last few weeks, we have now also funded the Sumatran project; we’re getting there. 

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