The big deals are to:

  • Build ‘carbon sinks’. Rainforests absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air as they grow. They store the carbon as solid carbon compounds in their wood and soils. This keeps CO2 levels (and global temperatures) down.

  • Protect ‘watersheds’. Rainforest trees, roots and soils hold on to water like a massive sponge, creating a living reservoir and preventing destructive flooding.

  • Link ‘fragmented landscapes’. Like a jigsaw, lose some pieces and it no longer works. Corridors need to be planted between fragments of rainforest along which plants, animals, essential fungi and microbes can maintain a healthy environment. 

How can you help?

  • Share with others what you discover about how forests keep us alive

  • Shop for products which help look after the forest (e.g. FSC, Rainforest Alliance)

  • Write letters on rainforest issues to politicians

  • Support your favourite rainforest conservation charity

  • Join us and become a Member, discover more and support our international conservation work. 

International organisations

Cool Earth

Cool Earth puts local people back in control, giving them the resources they need to keep their forest intact. 

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC)

A unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 52 countries of the Commonwealth. 

Survival International

Survival help tribal people to defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures. 

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is working to solve urgent environmental and social challenges. 

Rainforest Foundation UK

Tackles deforestation by helping local forest communities.

Global Trees Campaign

A joint initiative between Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI). 

Fauna and Flora International

Supports international conservation activities that are sustainable, based on sound science and take into account human needs.

Global Forest Watch

Global Forest Watch makes the best data on forest cover loss and regrowth available online for free. This information can be used to better inform decisions about how to manage and preserve the world’s forests. 

The Commonwealth Forestry Association

Unites foresters, scientists, students, NGO’s and policy makers throughout the world to seek ways of wise forest management.

Conservation International

Through cutting edge science, social policy and global reach, Conservation International empowers societies to care responsibly and sustainably for nature, our global biodiversity and for the well-being of humanity. Conservation International provides expert analysis of the recent Amazon fires.

International Union for the Conservation of Nature 

Provides the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.  The IUCN Red List has been updated with over 100,000 species assessed.

Global Canopy Programme

A tropical forest think tank working to demonstrate the scientific, political and business case for safeguarding forests by focussing on the production, trade and financing of commodities linked to deforestation such as soy, beef and palm oil.

World Agroforestry Centre

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) uses science-based knowledge to help transform smallholdings in the tropics by increasing their use of agroforestry.

Birdlife International

Forests need birds as seed dispersers. The Forests of Hope programme aims to prevent deforestation, protect trees and to restore natural forests in the tropics. Working at forest sites in more than 50 countries.

Projects that regrow, restore and regenerate

Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU), Thailand

This community-led forest restoration project has turned a completely felled watershed into a closed canopy in just 7 years.

Instituto Terra, Brazil

The photojournalist Sebastian Salgado and his partner started this project in 1998 in a mission to re-grow part of the Brazilian Atlantic forest. Over 17,000 acres have been restored. 

Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Elephant Initiative, Nigeria

Conservation initiative to turn an area of forest across three states in south west Nigeria into a wildlife sanctuary. The Omo forest is a biodiversity hotspot and home to the highly threatened forest elephant population. 

Instituto Raoni, Brazil

Protects the rights of indigenous communities and prevents deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Set up by Chief Raoni of the Kayapo tribe, a winner of the UN Equator prize
in 2015. See the film in the Core.

Flight of the Gibbon, Thailand and Cambodia

Educational eco-tourism adventure company concerned with the plight of the gibbons and loss of their rainforest. Profits go towards reforestation and gibbon re-introduction.