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Rainforest Partnership

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Causes: Animals, Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Our mission is to protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with rainforest communities to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature. Our project model: We partner with forest communities to help them make an income that allows them to protect their forests. We do this by working with communities to develop and market products made out of raw materials found only in the rainforest or by providing services that are unique to rainforest. By developing the market for these products, locally, elsewhere in Latin America, and in the U.S., sales of these goods and services give residents a financial stake in protecting their forests.

Results: Forest and Biodiversity Conservation: Began the process of creating a protected area spanning 50,000 acres with the Amahuaca people in the Amazon on the Peru-Brazil border, while also creating a comprehensive natural resource management plan. Published Guides for Amphibian and Reptiles of Pampa Hermosa in Peru and distributed to local communities as well as two photo books covering different regions in Peru, in partnership with the National Park Service of Peru. Achieved official approval of the Regional Action Plan for the Yellow Tailed Monkey and the Nocturnal Andean Monkey in Amazonas to protect these two endangered species and their forest habitat across 13 protected areas. Completed a comprehensive diagnosis of research in Forestry, Flora and Fauna in the Amazonas Region in Peru, an area spanning 9.7 million acres, which will inform future conservation efforts as well management plans and conservation education. Capacity Building and Conservation Education: Through virtual workshops and innovative partnerships with the conservation group Red AMA, our teams began work with 10 communities to strengthen management of their protected areas, spanning 316,830 acres. Developed an immersive biodiversity conservation management course for the Regional Government of Ayacucho in Peru and trained 66 local and regional government officials and community leaders to enact long term conservation of the region. Our Peru team curated over 15 webinars on Facebook Live, engaging over 50,000 viewers during the pandemic with panels from scientists and national, regional and local governments. Mexico Impact Formed our first partnership in Mexico with Amigos de Sian Ka’an to conserve and better protect the Maya Forest and the 17 ecosystems coexisting within the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. Ecuador Impact Launched agroforestry and sustainable production projects with 70 indigenous women in the Ecuadorian Amazon across 6 communities to establish long-term and sustainable incomes. Global Reach RP created World Rainforest Day (WRD) on June 22nd, 2017- a collaborative effort to raise awareness and encourage action to save one of Earth’s most precious resources, our rainforests. In 2020, we convened over 100 partners across 6 continents. Launched Gen Z for the Trees, a youth-led initiative with a bold vision: zero-deforestation by 2030. The team has reached hundreds of young people, begun long-term work on corporate transparency, and established itself as a beacon of hope for the future of the world’s forests. Films for the Forest (F3), our international short film competition, went global in 2020. As a result of Covid-19-related shutdowns, we pivoted to being 100% virtual. We successfully live streamed films from 20 countries to an audience spanning 6 continents on Earth Day.

Target demographics: protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with rainforest communities to develop sustainable livelihoods and empower and respect both people and nature.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Conserve and better protect 1,324,485 acres of rainforests by partnering with 14 indigenous and many more local communities, and 3 regional governments in Peru.

Geographic areas served: Communities with tropical rainforests

Programs: Tropical Andes Ecosystem: Our projects conserved and better protected around 1,131,743 acres of tropical forest in the Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot. We worked in three regions of the Peruvian Tropical Andes: Amazonas, Junín, and Ayacucho. In Amazonas, Rainforest Partnership worked with organizational and governmental partners to craft viable conservation and biodiversity management policies, including a Regional Research Agenda and a Regional Action Plan for endangered primate species. Projects also included biodiversity research, conservation education, and capacity building activities in all three regions, using virtual tools to advance accessibility of these trainings. We strengthened community economies based on sustainable livelihoods like Melipona beekeeping in Amazonas and ecotourism in Amazonas and Junín. We coordinated strategic plans for the creation of a community-led Regional Conservation Area, which encompasses over 130,000 acres of cloudforests in Junín. Rainforest Partnership also completed a comprehensive diagnosis of research in Forestry, Flora, and Fauna in the Amazonas Region in Peru, an area spanning 9.7 million acres, which will inform future conservation efforts as well as management plans and conservation education. See Schedule O for additional project information. Lowland Amazon Rainforest and Other Tropical Forests Ecosystems: Our work in the Western Amazon is in the Loreto and Ucayali regions of Peru and the Sucumbios and Orellana provinces in Ecuador. In the Peruvian Amazon, we coordinated community-based conservation plans in Santa Rosa, Ucayali, including the creation of a local protected area of 50,000 acres; created natural resource management plans for the Amahuaca indigenous community; supported a COVID-related health workshop promoting natural medicine in Achuar territory in the Loreto region. In the Ecuadorian Amazon, we continued our long term relationship with the Sani Isla community with plans to strengthen sustainable livelihoods and economic conditions through future agroforestry and regeneration projects. Our collaborative work in the Pacific Tropical Forest produced an assessment of the region’s progress on biodiversity, climate change, and desertification prevention. We also conducted biodiversity research that will strengthen monitoring and management of primate species in the region. Global Engagement and Outreach: RP acts as a founder and convener of several global events and programs that activate a broad coalition of people for the protection of the world’s tropical forests. These include: 1. World Rainforest Day, created by RP in 2017, to ignite collective action to protect tropical forests. In 2020, we partnered with over 100 organizations and engaged people from 131 countries across six continents. 2. Films for the Forest, Rainforest Partnership’s annual short film competition screened films from all seven continents and reached over 3000 viewers across six continents. 3. Gen Z for the Trees, RP’s youth-led initiative with a bold vision of zero-deforestation by 2030. The team has reached hundreds of young people, begun long-term work on corporate transparency, and established itself as a beacon of hope for the future of the world’s forests. 4. Education and Fellowship programs include a rainforest education course and a Fellowship program to equip young professionals and students passionate about rainforest conservation.

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77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I must say as of this date I am impressed with what they have accomplished. In the trying economic time that we are in, the ability to fund and complete the projects they have is quite impressive. They are a youthful organization, not in just in age of personal, but in history of accomplishment. They have performed quite admirably. I would recommend that they, if they do not now, create communication and links with other such related organizations. Should they find similar, which I believe they will, then a collaborative effort could be established. In doing so, they may open the funding opportunities and also expand the attendant Global influence. This would seem to be an opening of the avenue of Foundation support. Sustainability through cooperation is the lasting element of the desire. I wish them success and will continue to support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with RP has been nothing less than rewarding. The mission is clear and truly embodied by all involved with the organization. Niyanta and Maurine are extremely committed and are an inspiration to the amazing volunteers that help to keep the organization moving. It is refreshing to have a logical resolution to the issues involving the rainforest that takes into consideration both, the indigenous people involved and the international economic environment-all from a local office.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in event coordination for multiple NPO's over 12 years. I enjoy working with Rainforest Partnership because of their mission and the people involved. RP is truly making a difference for our world in a very personal and connected, compassionate, way by linking rainforest communities with resources to protect the forests' (and climate) from total deforestation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Rainforest Partnership since Aug 2009 and it has been an incredible experience! It is not every day that you come across people who are not only passionate and highly enthusiastic but are actually working towards protecting tropical rainforests. This organization has given me the chance to make a difference to the lives of people in Ecuador and Peru – the two communities they currently serve. Recognizing that the primary threat to rainforests is economic- they work hard to create sustainable economic development alternatives to deforestation. Their motto is : “Be nice! Have fun! Make a difference!” and they really do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Niyanta, executive director, is inspiring and a great person to work for. She has such a passion for what she does it is impossible to not leave an impression. Maurine, director of operations, is one of the hardest workers I have ever met and still, somehow, maintains a positive attitude. A genuinely great person. I loved my experience here at Rainforest and cannot wait for the future of the organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization with an excellent vision. Strong leadership and strong team. A pleasure to work with. They are definite change agents.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern and volunteer at Rainforest Partnership, I helped us stay up to date on international forestry policy. I also assisted in the planning and implementation of outreach events. Being involved with Rainforest Partnership is a breath of fresh air in the world of environmental NGOs. The staff and volunteers at this organization and really passionate about environmental issues, and the projects Rainforest Partnership undergoes are well-constructed and truly designed to meet particular goals. Rainforest Partnership cares about the communities it works with and protecting the rainforest.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern for the past 3 months, I have learned the inner workings of the nonprofit sector. Rainforest Partnership does incredible work to both save the rainforests and create economic alternatives for the people living there. I believe in the model and the people who have been working to see its implementation. As the fundraising within the organization grows, the successes of RP will become more frequent. We are a very lean organization with approximately 90% of all funds raised going directly to projects. The hope is to both grow the model and our reach while also growing the RP staff and team members.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

My name is Jordan Erdos and I am a co-founder and board member of Rainforest Partnership. When we decided to start up a new, international environmental non-profit in 2007, we knew we wanted to do things differently from the very respectable groups that are already out there. In the short time we have been around, we have already made great progress on a project in Chipaota, Peru, and have received a tremendous amount of support via in-kind contributions and pro-bono work from similar-minded citizens. Please visit our web site at http://www.rainforestpartnership.org and check us out on Facebook. It is through participation, not just contributions, that we can really work together to raise awareness about the role forests play in regulating the global climate.