Supporting International Rainforest Projects
As well as providing a vital role in rainforest education and education for sustainability in the UK, we want to urge our visitors to support crucial rainforest conservation in the field. The Living Rainforest has longstanding links with international partners striving to protect extremely vulnerable rainforest areas where species are threatened, deforestation is accelerating, and people are struggling to make a living. Your support can make a huge difference.
We believe it is vital to empower local people to make sustainable choices about how they manage their forests – all our partner organisations support communities living in and around key protected areas.
Whether it is Lemurs in Madagascar, Night Monkeys in Colombia or Orangutans in Borneo, rainforests around the world support a multitude of amazing creatures. Please help protect them and their habitats for future generations.
Here are the exciting rainforest conservation projects around the world which we are proud to support:
INDONESIA – Protecting Borneo’s Flooded Forests through Sustainable Management
Partner Organisation – Riak Bumi
An Indonesian NGO based in Borneo, Riak Bumi is committed to the conservation of the Danau Sentarum National Park, declared a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, by working with the communities who live in and around it. It has one of the largest remaining populations of Orangutan, as well as many threatened bird, fish and plant species.
Increasing population, overfishing, and palm oil plantations are just a few of the reasons that these unique flooded forests are endangered. Riak Bumi have trained local people to sustainably process the honey from wild bees, which has now been certified organic and could provide a significant alternative income for the area. But there is still a lot of help and support needed.
Look out for the Rouloul Partridge (Rollulus rouloul) in The Living Rainforest’s Tropical Glasshouses – this bird can be seen in Borneo’s forests too.
How can you help?
1) You can please help by avoiding products with unsustainably produced palm oil in them, start looking at labels on food and soaps more carefully.
2) Please also help by donating to Riak Bumi through The Living Rainforest, contact us to donate.
COLOMBIA – Primate Conservation & Research in Colombia’s Amazon Rainforest
Partner Organisation – Fundación Entropika
The Amacayacu National Park, in the Southern Colombian Amazon plays a critical role in biodiversity protection. Home to 154 species of mammals, 468 birds, 9 species of monkey and many, many plants, this area is under threat from deforestation, hunting and the illegal trade of species. Fundación Entropika has worked tirelessly to revoke permits for capturing night monkeys, as well as working with the indigenous Tikuna communities to find alternative sources of income to lessen the pressure on the forests. In 2010 and 2011 they won the Whitley Gold Award in recognition of their incredible work. Their work at grass-root level with the communities and research is vital to the long-term conservation of this area.
Look out for the Living Rainforest’s curious Pygmy marmosets (Cebuella pygmaea), the well camouflaged Two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus), and the noisy Red-billed toucan (Ramphastos tucanus) – these are a few examples of species that can be found in the Amazon rainforests in Colombia.
How can you help?
1) If you would like to help support the work of Entropika including the Tikuna Communities to access clean drinking water, please help by donating to Entropika through The Living Rainforest, contact us to donate.
2) If you are interested in helping Entropika’s cause to stop the trafficking of night monkeys, please contact Entropika directly to find out about their campaigning work, there is plenty you can do.
MADAGASCAR – Conserving the last of Madagascar’s Lemurs & Rainforests on the eastern coast
Partner Organisation – The Madagascar Fauna Group
Madagascar is known for its high levels of biodiversity and endemism (species limited to a specific area), it is also known for its high rates of deforestation, forest fires and political instability, all of which affect the rainforests directly. Betampona Natural Reserve is one of the few remaining intact areas of lowland forest in Madagascar, home to 11 species of lemur, 76 species of amphibians as well as many other creatures and plants. The Madagascar Fauna Group was formed to link zoos and botanical gardens to help conservation work in Madagascar. They are currently carrying out vital research of species, reforesting the buffer zone, eradicating invasive species and working with the communities on eco-agricultural programmes.
When you visit the tropical glasshouses at The Living Rainforest you can look out for the Madagascan Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa) and the Rosy Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) also found in the Madagascar Forests.
How can you help?
1) You can please help protect rainforests indirectly in the UK through activities such as recycling, cycling or walking more, as well as thinking before you buy something if there is a more sustainable alternative.
2) Please help by donating to MFG’s vital research and project work through The Living Rainforest, contact us to donate.
Please Donate Now
The Living Rainforest magnifies your donations to support these projects by up to 25% thanks to UK Gift Aid laws. This means that your donation goes further and has a greater impact where it is needed the most. Don’t delay – contact us to support a rainforest today.
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