Rainforest Alert

Community-based solutions to rainforest destruction now scientifically proven


Duration: 5:58

Available in 2 languages

Released: July 2021

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Results of a new scientific study show that indigenous peoples using remote sensing technology can better survey their lands and reduce deforestation by half.

Under the community-based forest monitoring program, called Rainforest Alert, indigenous scouts combine satellite imagery with foot patrols to verify evidence and equip community leaders with the information they need to take action.

This cost-effective model could be scaled across the Amazon basin to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of 21 million cars per year, at only $6/hectare.

This film explains the results of the study, the Rainforest Alert methodology, and how it could be scaled across the Amazon basin to reduce emissions from deforestation.

Find out more about the study on the Rainforest Foundation website.

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Recognition to Land, Territories and Resources

Communities need ownership over their ancestral land in order to protect forests. With no formal land title traditional communities often face serious conflict when trying to evict illegal loggers, poachers and land grabbers. Who will believe their claims without precise maps and legal title deeds?

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