Saving threatened habitats worldwide

Rainforest Trust

NGO founded: 1989

Partnership formed: 2006

Organisation’s aim: to secure, and manage for conservation, land that is important for biodiversity around the world, especially threatened habitats and species, by working through local partners.

Partner History

Rainforest Trust was established in 1989 as the World Parks Endowment (WPE). For more than 15 years, World Land Trust (WLT) liaised closely with WPE to consolidate conservation efforts with programme partners common to both organisations. In 2005, WPE indicated they would welcome a more formalised partnership and in 2006 WLT trustees approved a change of name from WPE to World Land Trust-US. In September 2013 WLT-US decided on a new name - Rainforest Trust - to better reflect the organisation's mission and provide them with greater opportunities to expand their conservation activities.

Partnership with WLT

WLT and Rainforest Trust work in many of the same places and fund many of the same partners, including: REGUA, FUNDAECO, Asociación Armonia, Fundación ProAves and Fundación Jocotoco. Together we have helped create and permanently protect reserves throughout Central and South America. WLT and Rainforest Trust meet regularly to discuss collaboration on conservation projects to ensure the best use of combined funding.

Magdelana Rainforest, Colombia. © Paul Salaman / Rainforest Trust.
Rainforest Trust has protected thousands of acres throughout Central and South America, including 9,000 acres of Magdelana Rainforest in Colombia. © Paul Salaman / Rainforest Trust.

Projects with WLT

Land purchase and protection

WLT and Rainforest Trust have jointly contributed to the protection of reserves in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay.

Other projects and activities

  • Rainforest Trust has been instrumental in the purchase and protection of over four million acres of habitats across Central and South America. A full list of Rainforest Trust projects can be found on Rainforest Trust website.

Awards and achievements

  • Rainforest Trust has a four star rating with Charity Navigator.
  • Rainforest Trust has received the Seal of Excellence from Independent Charities of America.
Contact details: 

CEO: Paul Salaman

25 Horner Street
Warrenton, VA 20186

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