This Christmas season, help defend the world’s rainforests

This Christmas, the Rainforest Foundation is asking for your help to protect the world's rainforests, by putting indigenous people at the heart of conservation efforts in the Congo Basin.

Indigenous communities have lived in Africa’s Congo Basin region for over 50,000 years. They are the forest’s natural guardians. Yet they are being routinely evicted from their traditional lands to make way for ‘protected areas’, endangering not only their livelihoods but also the forest’s biodiversity.

In the Tumba Lediima Reserve, a protected area in the Democratic Republic of Congo, around two hundred forest communities have found their livelihoods threatened. Living in fear of being beaten by eco-guards and unable to access the forest resources they need to survive has left some communities on the brink of starvation.

Evidence from around the world is showing that where indigenous peoples have been granted secure rights to their customary lands, rainforests are thriving. Their unparalleled ecological knowledge and traditional livelihoods are strongly linked to sustainable rainforest conservation.

Please click here to support their Christmas Appeal and help indigenous peoples shape the future conservation of the rainforests that they call home.

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