Help create sustainable alternatives to oil extraction in the Amazon.
More than one billion people around the world—often impoverished—rely on forests to earn a livelihood. In the Amazon, indigenous communities are particularly vulnerable to threats from the oil and mining industries. Not only do these extractive industries destroy valuable rainforests, threaten wildlife, and contribute to global warming—they also harm people whose traditional way of life depends on healthy forests.
The Rainforest Alliance is working with indigenous people in the Amazon such as the Sani Kichwa community. The 600 members of the Sani Kichwa community collectively control and own the surrounding rainforest—all 10,000 acres of it. Hunting and cutting down trees is strictly prohibited, and the Rainforest Alliance collaborates with the Sani Kichwa commuity to help them thrive.
Through ecotourism activities, low-impact lodging, and the sale of artisan crafts, the residents of Sani fund two schools and support the community's infrastructure. This work is crucial for rainforest conservation: because the Sani Kichwa community has established their own infrastructure, they don’t need to pursue alternatives like oil exploration.