Supporting Local Leaders

PAA grants are typically $5,000 or less, and they are targeted to regain control of and sustainably manage traditional territories. These grants are critical for local activist campaigns such as launching land title initiatives, creating community education programs, developing sustainable economic alternatives and building grassroots resistance to destructive industrial activities.

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PAA is a direct alternative to "buy-an-acre" programs that seek to provide rainforest protection by buying tracts of land.  Too often, those programs fail to address the priorities and rights of local Indigenous peoples. Also, uninhabited forest areas often go unprotected, even if purchased through a buy-an-acre program. It is not uncommon for loggers, oil and gas companies, cattle ranchers and miners to illegally extract resources from areas "protected" by these programs. 

At the heart of PAA lies RAN's firm belief that traditional forest communities are the best stewards of the land — because their way of life depends upon the health of their environment. Recent studies add to the growing body of evidence that Indigenous peoples are better protectors of their forests than governments or industry.

With your support, we can create a stronger global movement to protect our planet.

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