Tropical rainforests are the world’s richest and most productive ecosystems, containing half of all living species on the planet. Their value is incalculable. In addition to their sheer beauty, the rainforests are a deterrent against the greenhouse effect, and they contain a genetically rich resource yet virtually untapped wealth of plants whose curative properties could benefit humankind.
The sad reality is that destruction of the rainforests continues at an alarming rate. Throughout the tropics, forests are logged for precious hardwoods. Others are burned to make way for large-scale farming or cattle-raising operations. Tropical rainforests once covered more than 14 percent of the Earth’s land area. They now amount to less than 6 percent. At the current rates of destruction, only a few tattered forests will remain this century. We must act together to stop the destruction and save what is left for future generations.
Tropical Rainforest Coalition targets the Save-an-Acre Program to small rainforest preserves that are not currently being funded by larger conservation organizations. Working with the local community, it negotiates substantial land purchases at a low per-acre price.
TRC selects acreage projects based on a number of factors: the likelihood of maintaining the forests in a pristine state, the degree of involvement of the local community, and the ability to preserve a continuous rainforest ecosystem.
TRC has actively supported projects in Paraguay, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad and Brazil.