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The Rainforest Fund is a charitable foundation dedicated to the support of indigenous peoples and traditional populations in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights. We are convinced that accepted environmental and human rights principles embody the right of everyone to a secure, healthy and ecologically sound environment, and that environmental degradation leads to human rights violations such as the right to life, health and culture. The Rainforest Fund bears in mind the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights, and carries out its mission by: Funding programs and projects aimed at supporting indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the rainforests to assert their rights, to promote a sustainable development of their communities and to challenge governmental practices that have a damaging effect on their environment.
The Rainforest Fund supports programs that cover a range of issues from protection of civil and political rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, to the promotion and defense of their social, economic and cultural rights, including the protection of rights to their land and against the destructiveness of resource exploitation. We support: Community development, Natural resource management, Institutional strengthening, Legal defense, Public awareness, Policy activities, Combatting climate change so that indigenous and tribal peoples may sustain a healthy livelihood. We assess each program based on stringent criteria, the most important being the empowerment and ownership of the beneficiaries.