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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.
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.
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.
A resource for photos and videos of native indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest. It is an educational resource and an introduction to the cultures of Amazon native tribes from the South American Amazon River Basin.
Raintree's Rainforest Facts Many students have used this summary of rainforest facts, destruction and conservation overview to write rainforest papers and reports. Lot's of facts and figures to quote!
Amazon Interactive Explore the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon through online games and activities. Learn about the rainforest and the Quichua people who call it home.
ACT for Kids From the Amazon Conservation Team. Lessons and games for students and teachers about the rainforest.
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
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
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.
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.