Non-Profit Organizations Supporting
Rainforest Preservation, Conservation and the Environment

  • Rainforest Action Network
    A non-profit grass-roots organization founded in 1985 working to protect tropical rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests. A great visual site with lots of information and graphics.

  • Rainforest Foundation
    Their mission is to support Indigenous and traditional populations of the rainforest in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights by assisting them.

  • APECA, Inc.
    The Association Promoting Education and Conservation of the Amazon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the Peruvian Amazon rain forest, its native peoples and their cultures. Founded in 1993, APECA began as a floating health clinic, delivering medical services to the remote Amazon river villages of Loreto, Peru. Since then, APECA has established programs in health education, nutrition, sanitation and natural medicine.

  • Amazon Watch
    Works with indigenous and environmental organizations in the Amazon Basin to defend the environment and advance indigenous peoples' rights in the face of large-scale industrial development-oil & gas pipelines, power lines, roads, and other mega-projects.

  • The Rainforest Alliance
    An international nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests which has a great informative website on rainforests and conservation.

  • Mongo Bay
    A wonderful and informative website featuring: A Place Out of Time - Tropical Rainforests: Their Wonders and the Perils They Face

  • Conservation International
    A nonprofit organization using science, economics, policy, and community involvement to promote biodiversity conservation in rainforests and other endangered ecosystems worldwide.

  • Cultural Survival
    A non-profit organization founded in 1972 to defend the human rights and cultural autonomy of indigenous peoples and oppressed ethnic minorities.

  • Trees for the Future
    A non-profit, people-to-people, action program initiating environmental projects around the world.

  • CEIBA Foundation for Tropical Conservation
    A 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to promote the conservation of ecosystem integrity and biodiversity in the American tropics. They are currently are working to establish a locally-run orchid reserve in Ecuador and offer tropical ecology field courses to U.S. college students.

  • World Rainforest Movement
    A global network of citizens' groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests against the forces that destroy them. It works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and supports their efforts to defend the forests from commercial logging, dams, mining, plantations, shrimp farms, colonisation and settlement and other projects that threaten them.

  • Amazon Conservation Team
    Headed by renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin, this non-profit organization develops and implements new conservation strategies that combine indigenous knowledge with Western science. They work in Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, and Mexico, where each project is managed in partnership with indigenous communities sharing knowledge and experience at a grassroots level.

  • The Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation
    This Peruvian non-profit provides environmental education programs for Peruvian students and teachers, supports basic and applied research relevant to rainforest ecology, acquires threatened tracts of primary rainforest land, and sponsors rainforest ecology workshops in the Amazon.

  • Movement in the Amazon for Tribal Subsistence and Economic Sustainability (MATESES)
    The primary mission of this non-profit organization is to offer assistance to the Matsés indigenous communities so that this native Amazonian tribe can conserve their native culture and indigenous communal reserve in a sustainable and autonomous manner. MATSES is distinctive in that it is the first non-profit organization whose members are from the Matsés tribe itself rather than being controlled by outsiders.


Rainforest Links for Kids and Teachers


Databases, News, Research & Information on
Rainforests and Preservation Efforts

  • World Resources Institute's Forest Resouces Page
    A great site for information and links on rainforests and forest resources, data, preservation and organizations.

  • Andean Botanical Information System
    The Andean Botanical Information System (ABIS) presents information from floristic and systematic investigations of the flowering plants (phanerogams) of Andean South America. Topics include selected geographic regions and groups of Andean plants, flora of coastal Peru and Chile, floristic inventories from a variety of habitats in northern Peru, bibliographic resources, and searchable databases.

  • Center For World Indigenous Studies
    A research and education non-profit organization dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples.

  • The Tropenbos Foundation
    Displays information on the current research activities of the Tropenbos Foundation at its permanent research sites in the rainforests of Cameroon, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Guyana and Kalimantan, Indonesia. Additionally other useful scientific information is given (among others the list of publications of the Tropenbos Foundation).

  • UNEP-WCMC
    The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

  • Environmental Organization WebDirectory
    Online directory and search engine of organizations on the Web involved with the environment.

  • NativeWeb
    A collective project of many people, embraces ancient teachings and modern technology and provide a cyber-community for Earth's indigenous peoples.

  • EnviroLink Network
    A non-profit organization and grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in over 130 countries focusing on evironmental issues.

  • TROPICOS
    Searchable database of the Missouri Botanical Garden's tropical plants.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
    Home Page with a great deal of information on the research and documentation on Rainforest plants cataloged by the Royal Botanic Gardens

  • The People and Plants Initiative
    Created by WWF International, UNESCO and the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1992 to carry out applied research projects, community workshops, exchanges and training courses with young ethnobotanists from developing countries who are interested in conservation and community development.

  • Species 2000
    Has the objective of enumerating all known species of plants, animals, fungi and microbes on Earth as the baseline dataset for studies of global biodiversity. Users worldwide can verify the scientific name, status and classification of any known species via the Species Locator on this homepage.

  • The Silva Forest Foundation
    The Silva Forest Foundation (SFF) has pioneered an ecosystem-based conservation planning approach that protects biological diversity and ecological processes, while assisting communities and individuals to implement ecologically responsible human uses and develop conservation-based economies.

  • Forest Stewardship Council
    FSC is an independent, non-profit organization that protects forests for future generations. They have certification program to certify that wood sold in the global market is sustainably harvested.

  • The Silva Forest Foundation
    The Silva Forest Foundation (SFF) has pioneered an ecosystem-based conservation planning approach that protects biological diversity and ecological processes, while assisting communities and individuals to implement ecologically responsible human uses and develop conservation-based economies.


Other Rainforest Links


    MUNDEA TOURS
    An ecotourism ompany that represents 17 family initiatives of Rural Community Tourism in Madre de Dios – Puerto Maldonado – Perú. These families have decided to be involved in tourism as a way for conservation their forests and land.






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