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Volunteer for Rainforest Conservation

"There is nowhere with more life than a primary rainforest and nowhere to feel more alive than amongst its trees. Our rainforests are the lifeblood of our planet, and they are magic."

Dave Johnston, WA Marketing & Comms

WorkingAbroad supports volunteer placements that protect and restore rainforests around the globe. Our team has brought together a selection of high-impact projects that enable you to help save rainforests while also equipping you with the skills and education to become a leading conservationist, activist and scientist.

Covering just 3.6% of the planet’s surface, rainforests hold around half of all species on Earth. Protecting rainforests is crucial to preserving the planet’s biological diversity (biodiversity). Rainforests also sequester globally significant carbon stocks. However, in 2019, the world lost 3.8 million hectares of primary mature rainforest. That is equivalent to losing a football pitch of primary forest every 6 seconds. 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are from deforestation.

Rainforests are destroyed for many reasons, including clearing for livestock farming of cattle for beef and crops such as palm oil and soy, logging for timber and fuel, and mining for gold, oil or other valuable elements. The negative impacts of deforestation are felt by the millions of people who rely on forests for their livelihoods, but also the global community who are experiencing the effects of climate change occurring as a result of deforestation.

Rainforest conservation activities are taking place worldwide to counteract the harmful effects of deforestation and build more sustainable relationships between humans and our forests for the future. Our volunteer projects focus on a range of rainforest conservation activities, including replanting and reseeding, mapping of forest areas, protection and rehabilitation of wildlife, monitoring habitat change and contributing to educational programmes. These opportunities take place from the Amazon in Peru and the cloud forests in Ecuador to the tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Laos and Costa Rica.

Our Projects with Rainforest Conservation

Dave Johnston, WA Marketing & Comms

"There is nowhere with more life than a primary rainforest and nowhere to feel more alive than amongst its trees. Our rainforests are the lifeblood of our planet, and they are magic."

Dave Johnston, WA Marketing & Comms
Tropical Rainforest Facts

Tropical Rainforest Facts

  • There are many types of tropical rainforest, including evergreen rainforest, seasonal deciduous forest, tropical cloud forest, and mangrove forest.
  • Tropical forests presently cover about 1.84 billion hectares or about 12% of Earth’s land surface (3.6% of Earth’s surface)
  • South America’s tropical rainforests receive between 2-3 meters (80-120 inches, or 6.5-10 feet!) of rain in a typical year.
  • Central and South America possess half of the world’s tropical forests 
  • More than half of the terrestrial species on Earth occur in tropical forests.
Rainforest Conservation Strategies

Rainforest Conservation Strategies

  • Community-based conservation is an effort to protect biodiversity in which the local community participates as much as possible, supporting livelihoods, preserving cultures and protecting ecosystems such as rainforests.  
  • Protected areas, state or private, can be used as a barrier to control the exploitation of the forest and prevent deforestation. These areas may be protected by legal agreements, government policy and monitored by park guards or rangers who monitor and control access to the area.
  • Agroforestry refers to the inclusion of trees and shrubs into agriculture. Agroforestry maintains forest cover and this can make agriculture more sustainable and reduce the need to clear additional forest.
  • Ecotourism and volunteers can bring sustainable revenue to forests and can provide an alternative income for local people which rely on intact and biodiverse forests.
Take action for rainforests

Take action for rainforests

  • Tourism and volunteer work generates value for intact forests and can deter deforestation. 
  • Use your purchasing power to support products that are zero-deforestation and look for labels, platforms and certifications that guide decision-making, such as RSPO, Rainforest Alliance, SPOTT, Carbon Neutral Beef.
  • Switch your energy provider to solar or wind power and support the alternatives to oil and gas, which have a negative impact on rainforests. 
  • Know where your food comes from, buy local and be aware of the so-called “hamburger connection” between your beef consumption and rainforest destruction.
  • You can use a carbon calculator to work out your carbon emissions and support a project which promotes reforestation or the protection of rainforests.
  • Use a bank which has a zero deforestation commitment for business investments.

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