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All around the world, citizens' groups are working to protect rainforests and their inhabitants. These non-governmental organizations, often called NGOs, have mission statements and activities that cover every possible aspect of researching, educating, monitoring, advocating, and creating positive change for environmental protection, conservation, and social justice.

Environmental NGOs may be focused locally, regionally, or internationally to defend animals, plants, ecosystems, parks and protected areas, watersheds, lakes, rivers, or oceans. [more]

Environmental Organizations Links:

  • Alaska Rainforest Campaign - A coalition of Alaskan conservationist groups. Features action alerts, maps, slide shows, and audio tours of the Alaskan Rainforest.
  • Amazon Alliance - Partnership between indigenous and traditional peoples of the Amazon and groups and individuals who share their concerns for the future of the Amazon and its peoples.
  • Amazon Conservation Association - Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) works to conserve the biological diversity of the Amazon Basin. ACA implements field-based scientific and socioeconomic programs that integrate research with natural resource and conservation management, training, education and policy development.
  • Amazon Conservation Team - ACT is dedicated to creating new conservation strategies by combining indigenous knowledge with Western science to understand, document and preserve the biological and cultural diversity of the Amazon.
  • Amazonian Project - Provides support for indigenous organizations and communities particularly in Venezuela.
  • Cabo San Francisco Foundation - Ecuadorian Foundation working against destruction of mangroves and tropical rainforest in coastal Ecuador.
  • CEIBA Tropical Conservation Foundation - CEIBA, Tropical Conservation Foundation. Contains details of various projects including the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve project. Course information is also available.
  • Conservation Biology Institute - Focuses primarily on the western United States and Canada. Site contains publications, scientific reports, and more.
  • Conservation International - Uses science, economics, policy, and community involvement to promote biodiversity conservation in rainforests. This site acts as an internet library with information about biodiversity-related publications and videos.
  • Coral Cay Conservation - Coral Cay Conservation is a non-profit NGO providing resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical forests
  • CST ( certified source timber programme ) - The CST are a new non profit eco/industry scheme that source sustainable tropical timber from SE asia and arranges for the client to be provided with an inspection certificate issued by a third party detailing this ( Shutter of the Netherlands )Please do visit our new site detailing eco articles, useful links and scheme details/participation etc.
  • Development in Nigeria Website - Development In Nigeria is a non-profit organisation in Cross River State. DIN strives to promote forest conservation through promting sustainable livelihoods, research and environmental education.
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  • Earth Day Education Program - Earth Day New York?s Education Program offers a great opportunity for teachers to receive free environmental educational materials (curricula, poster contests, project ideas etc.) We also coordinate a fundraiser for schools where students sell CFLs (energy saving lightbulbs), helping to increase energy efficiency, save consumers money, and earn money for a school or organization.
  • Earth Island Institute - American activist oriented. Features and activist section, newsroom, and detailed project network.
  • Earthwatch Institute - Creates partnerships between scientists, educators, and the general public. Features research expedition information.
  • Ecotrust - Building a conservation economy. Information on North West coastal bio regions, programs, and publications. Focus on community and economic development.
  • Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) - Works to expose international environmental crime - such as the illegal trade in wildlife and illegal logging and trade in timber species.
  • Families for the Rainforest - Families inspiring young people in taking a stand for the future of the rainforests ? empowered by education and the support of science and community in causing global transformation.
  • Fern - Fern advocates changes in European Union activities to achieve the sustainable management of forests and respect for the rights of forest peoples.
  • Forest Action Network - Dedicated to saving BC's Great Bear Rainforest. Includes information on the Nuxalk people, maps, activism, and ecology.
  • Forest Ethics - Dedicated to protecting the ancient rainforests of British Columbia by redirecting U.S. markets toward ecologically and economically sound alternatives. Site includes slideshow, press kit, steps to developing a purchasing policy.
  • Forest Trends - Focus on brokering deals, forest trends, forest products, and sustainable industry. Includes a resource library.
  • Forests for Life - WWF - Protect Forests! - WWF presents information about campaigns, policy, and photo gallery.
  • Friends of the Earth International - Provides information on all of FoE's member and affiliate organizations worldwide.
  • Frontier - Frontier is an international conservation and development research non-profit making NGO working in threatened tropical environments of Madagascar, Tanzania, Nicaragua and Cambodia. Frontier aims to protect endangered habitats and wildlife through research and practical projects. Volunteers are recruited to participate in 4, 8, 10 or 20-week projects. Full training is provided, leading to a BTEC qualification.
  • Fundaci? Maquipucuna - The MAQUIPUCUNA FOUNDATION was founded in 1988 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of Ecuador's biodiversity, the sustainable use of natural resources, climate change mitigation. The foundation promotes the participation of local communities in its programs.
  • Greenpeace Ancient Forests Campaign - Information on forest campaigns around the world.
  • Greenpeace Asia Pacific Forests Page - Greenpeace forests page with information on how to protect and reclaim forest wilderness. Information on indigenous issues, good wood and wildlife
  • Greenpeace Canada - Independent campaigning organization that uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems.
  • Greenpeace International - Links to global web sites. Current campaigns on climate, toxics, nuclear, oceans, genetic engineering, ocean dumping and forests.
  • Greenpeace US - The leading organization that uses peaceful and creative activism to protect the global environment. The site offers environmental information, photo and video galleries, press releases and online action items.
  • ilhabela.org - Socio-environmental NGO dedicated to the preservation of Ilhabela, the biggest Brazilian island and an important rainforest reserve in Brazil.
  • Instituto Socioambiental - Leading Brazilian NGO working on indigenous rights and environmental protection. Site in English and Portuguese
  • IUCN Forest Conservation Programme - The FCP links policy with practice by implementing field-based projects that test and demonstrate key forest management and conservation issues.
  • Japan Tropical Forest Action Network (JATAN) - Japanese coalition campaigning on behalf of tropical forest conservation.
  • Just Forests - Through 'development education' and other awareness-raising projects, Just Forests endeavours to influence governments and the corporate sector of the need for a sensible and balanced approach to forest utilisation and wood usage.
  • Markets Initiative - MI works with Canadian publsihers to help them make and implement purchasing polices which protect ancient foroests globally.
  • National Wildlife Federation - Works to conserve wildlife and other natural resources. Take action, kid zone, and education sections.
  • OpEPA-Organizacion para la Educacion y Proteccion Ambiental - Colombian non-governmental organization that works in environmental and outdoor education with children.
  • Rainforest Action Network  Editor's Pick  - Works to protect the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. The site encourages visitors to take action to protect the rainforests.
  • Rainforest Alliance - An international nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests. Aims to develop and promote economically viable and socially desirable alternatives to the destruction of diverse biological natural resources.
  • Rainforest Concern - Dedicated to rainforest protection through land purchase with local counterpart organisations and communities; helping communities develop alternative sustainable incomes to slash & burn agriculture; and environmental education.
  • Rainforest Foundation UK - An international organization working with indigenous peoples to conserve the world's rainforests and uphold their human rights.
  • Rainforest Foundation US - US based organization includes information on events, fundraising, activism, and internships.
  • Rainforest Relief - Brooklyn based organizations homesite. Includes news, activism information, and photos.
  • Rettet den Regenwald - Campaigns against tropical timber from primary forests, against fraud and deception within and around FSC, campaigns against forest destruction by 'development aid,' gold mining, tobacco, plantations and other commercial activities. They fight German timber companies operating illegally and/or irresponsibly. Site in German.
  • Seacology - The world's premier nonprofit, nongovernmental organization with the sole and unique purpose of preserving the environments and cultures of islands throughout the globe.
  • The African Wildlife Foundation - 'The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever.'
  • The Nature Conservancy - Protecting endangered species and ecosystems through land acquisition, science, and partnerships.
  • The Pachamama Alliance - The Pachamama Alliance is dedicated to protecting the Earth's rainforests and the indigenous peoples who live within them.
  • The Tropenbos Foundation - Information about their various research, publications, and programs throughout the world. Focus on Cameroon, Guyana, Colombia, and C?e d'Ivoire.
  • Third World Network - Network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues. Site contains publications and articles on a wide range of issues.
  • Trees for the Future - International tree planting project, working through education around the world.
  • Tropical Rainforest Coalition - TRC builds coalitions between individuals, corporations, businesses, learning institutions and non-governmental organizations seeking to reverse the unstainable use of the rainforests.
  • World Land Trust - By helping to purchase land outright we help save tropical forests and their wildlife.
  • World Resources Institute - Promotes stewardship in and around the world's last frontier forests through mapping data, detailed scientific reports, and public policy recommendations.

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