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Preserving Latin America’s diversity

The Amazon region is the largest and best-known rainforest on the planet. Jaguars, macaws and poison dart frogs live here, and hundreds of Indigenous peoples call the forest home.


A multitude of tropical forest areas and ecosystems with immense biodiversity stretch from Mexico as far south as Argentina. Along the coasts and the Amazon, it is mainly rainforests, tapering out to the savannas of the Cerrado in Brazil and the dry forests of the Chaco further south in Paraguay.

This diversity of nature is threatened by the timber, agricultural, mining and energy industries. Vast industrial plantations of oil palms, soybeans and sugarcane, cattle grazing, toxic bauxite, iron and gold mines and hydroelectric power plants are destroying and polluting the environment.

The Indigenous peoples living there show us that things can be different. With their resource-conscious way of life, they have preserved the forests to this day and are defending them with the support of environmental and human rights organizations. For this, they need our support.

The Amazon rainforest plays a crucial role in the Earth’s climate system. We must prevent further deforestation to preserve nature’s complex cycles. Please give generously to support the work of our partners on the ground.

Your donation for our work in Latin America supports these projects and others:

Ka’apor people in the Amazon rainforest

The Ka’apor people: Protecting the Amazon rainforest in Brazil

The Indigenous Ka’apor are defending the last large rainforest area in southeastern Amazonia, yet they face grave threats from loggers, cattle barons and mining companies. The Ka’apor need support to effectively resist encroachment and protect their forest.

Los Cedros mountain rainforest, Ecuador

Defending Ecuador's mountain rainforests

The mist-shrouded mountain rainforests of the Andes in northern Ecuador are home to incredible biodiversity. Yet the government and multinational corporations have the region in their sights, intending to mine raw materials such as gold and copper. Local communities have joined forces in initiatives such as OMASNE and are successfully resisting the plans.

Mayan ruins in Ek Balam, Yucatán

Protecting the rainforest in Mexico with the Indigenous Túumben K’óoben women’s cooperative

The Mayan forest is the largest contiguous tropical forest area in Central America and home to howler monkeys, tapirs and jaguars. A cooperative of Indigenous women wants to buy rainforest plots to resist a destructive infrastructure project and preserve nature and Indigenous traditions.

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