Why rainforests?

Rainforests are the planets lungs, we fund the protection of them!

Tropical deforestation accounts for up to 15% of net global carbon emissions each year.

Trees and other plants, like all living things, are made up of carbon. But when forests are cleared or burned, much of that carbon ends up in the atmosphere — similar to burning fossil fuels. This carbon changes the planet’s climate and contributes to rising temperatures, stronger storms, more severe droughts and rising sea levels.

Deforestation is a significant contributor of climate change-causing greenhouse gases. Studies indicate that tropical deforestation accounts for up to 15% of net global carbon emissions each year.1 That’s about the same as every car, truck, bus, plane, ship and train on the planet combined.2 That’s because nearly 70,000 acres of tropical forest are lost every day.3 But if you prevent deforestation, all that carbon remains safely stored away in the forests. So by protecting forests, Rainforest Trust prevents deforestation — and by doing so, prevents emissions.

Trees convert CO2 to Carbon, storing it in their trunks, roots and in the soil.

Stopping deforestation is the natural solution to climate change

Halting tropical deforestation and allowing for regrowth could mitigate up to 50% of net global emissions through 2050. But stopping deforestation doesn’t just prevent emissions. Studies have shown that halting tropical deforestation and allowing for regrowth could mitigate up to 50% of net global carbon emissions through 2050. By protecting rainforest habitat for endangered species, Rainforest protection prevents carbon emissions and safeguards the planet’s resilience to climate change. Our conservation partners have protected over 33 million acres and the carbon stored within. Our conservation partners have reduced the emissions equivalent to every passenger vehicle currently on the planet. And we are not slowing down.

Current Projects

Rainforest Trust focuses on saving real acres of rainforest through land purchases and designations. Each of our projects has been identified as crucial to preserving critical habitat for endangered species. This is a list of all projects our conservation team is currently developing.


Conservation Action Fund

Conservation Action Fund

Preserving the Amazon and the way of life for indigenous people.
Expansion of Airo Pai Community Reserve

Expansion of Airo Pai Community Reserve

Protecting the missing link that will create a combined 7.8 million-acre tri-national corridor
Buff-headed Capuchin Monkey

Protect Biodiverse Atlantic Forest in Brazil

Brazil’s Serra Bonita Mountain Range, nestled within the country’s threatened Atlantic Forest.
Cedia Peru

Saving Indigenous Lands in the Peruvian Amazon

Protecting Indigenous lands in Peru with CEDIA and the Rainforest Trust.
Peru Andes-Amazon Conservation

Protecting the Andes-Amazon Conservation Corridor

The Tropical Andes, from Argentina to Colombia, is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.

Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park

Restoring back to its original health with 5.1 million trees

The carbon our conservation partners secured last year was equal to the yearly average emissions of 40.1 million cars.

Half of all land must be kept in a natural state to protect Earth

New science says land conservation must double by 2030 to prevent dangerous

warming and unravelling of ecosystems.

RESOLVE, a non-profit group, recently published a new paper in Science Advances titled “A Global Deal For Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets.”

This is the first science-based plan with clear milestones on why it’s vital to achieve these goals and how it could be done, says Eric Dinerstein, Director of Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions at RESOLVE. It’s not widely understood that large areas of forests, grasslands, and other natural areas are needed to soak up carbon emissions, he adds. Intact forests, and especially tropical forests, sequester twice as much carbon as planted monocultures, for example.

“Every morsel of food, every sip of water, the air we breathe is the result of work done by other species. Nature gives us everything we need to survive,” says Enric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and lead of the National Geographic Society’s work as part of the Campaign for Nature, a partnership with the Wyss Campaign for Nature to inspire the protection of 30 percent of the planet by 2030.

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