Mission: The mission of the Rainforest Foundation is to assist indigenous and traditional peoples to-secure and control the natural resources necessary for their long term well being and managing these resources in ways which do not harm their environment, violate their culture or compromise their future-Developing the means to protect their individual and collective rights and to obtain, shape and control basic services from the state.
Programs: Our programs in 2014 focused on our partners in panama and peru. We supported projects in collaboration with our local partners that promoted land rights, natural resource management, community and organizational development, and building the capacity of indigenous communities and their organizations so they can fulfill their rights, implement projects, and determine their future. Our program in panama supported indigenous peoples through the representative organization, coordinator of the indigenous peoples of panama (coonapip). We helped coonapip effectively assert their rights to their forests and foster their participation in redd+ and in achieving policy goals. (continued on schedule o)in panama we also supported the wounaan national congress and the collective lands congress to help the embera and wounaan peoples of panama in obtaining full recognition of their traditional lands; support the legal research and community meetings needed to develop regulations for land and forest management; assist both organizations in strengthening themselves, in order to implement projects, conduct effective advocacy, and shape their future. In peru we supported the quechua federation of the upper pastaza to support and strengthen an independent indigenous environmental monitoring program in an area affected by oil exploration, in order to address environmental violations and request remedial action and compensation. In peru we also supported the executor of the administrative contract of the amarakaeri communal reserve, which represents the ten indigenous communities that surround the one million acre reserve and acts as co-administrator of the reserve along with the national parks department. We helped strengthen the governance and monitoring capacity of the indigenous communities so that they can better protect their territory and participate in decisions that impact the reserve.