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One Step Closer: Saving the Leuser Ecosystem

This week an important milestone was reached in the effort to save portions of the precious Leuser Ecosytsem in Indonesia.

Covering over 6 million acres of intact lowland and mountainous rainforests The Leuser is considered by many scientists and conservationists to be among the most important forests left in Southeast Asia.  It is home to the densest population of orangutans left anywhere, and is the last place on earth where orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and sun bears share the same habitat.

This fragile and irreplaceable ecosystem and the extraordinary life it supports are imminently threatened by industrial development. One of the biggest threats has been the expansion of illegal palm oil plantations within the boundaries of the Leuser Protected Ecosystem. However, local organizations and communities have been fighting back by working to physically remove 25,000 acres of illegal plantations from within the boundaries of Leuser.

The Leuser is also home to carbon-rich peatland swamps, where a consistent layer of water keeps the carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere.  However thanks to the deforestation from the expansion of palm oil plantations, these swamplands are being systematically drained -- releasing a virtual carbon bomb into the atmosphere and making Indonesia one of the biggest carbon polluters on the planet.

But there is hope.  

Protect-an-Acre grant recipients Leuser Conservation Forum (FKL) -- led by 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Rudi Putra, and Forest, Nature and Environment Aceh -- recently relayed the news to us that they have been able to convince the local government in Aceh Tamiang to participate in a joint effort to physically remove the illegal plantations in order to allow the natural forest to recover.

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This is great news because previous work by these organizations removing over 1,000 acres of these illegal plantations resulted in the return of wildlife, including elephants, to those areas within a very short time period. Communities that live near the Leuser Protected Ecosystem also benefit from this project because the restoration of deforested hillsides will help reduce the threat of flooding and mudslides. Now that local government officials are onboard the remaining plantations targeted by their efforts can be removed.

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This week a ceremony was held to begin the work of cutting down the remaining illegal, non-native crops and to launch the restoration process. The LLeuser Conservation Forum (FKL) and Forest, Nature and Environment Aceh teams also sent huge thank you to the RAN community for supporting their work.

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 You too can help support projects like these that help local community-led efforts to protect rainforests around the world by supporting RAN’s Protect-an-Acre program.

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RAN Supports Indigenous Youth In Fight Against Invasive Logging

On the night of December 2, 2002, with temperatures below zero, two sisters and young Indigenous mothers from the Grassy Narrows First Nation drove from their reserve, located in the southern fringe of the vast Boreal Forest in northern Ontario, to a logging road just a few miles from their home and felled trees over the road to protest unwanted logging on their land. Their protest was the spark that ignited their small community of 1,000 to launch the longest standing logging blockade in North America, which continues to this day.

In June 2008, the people of Grassy Narrows celebrated victory when AbitibiBowater (now Resolute Forest Products), one of the largest paper companies in the world, agreed to stop logging on 1 million acres of Grassy Narrows traditional territory in the Whiskey Jack Forest. However, in late 2013, Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources finalized and approved a new 10-year Forest Management Plan, which again calls for clear-cutting forests on Grassy Narrows territory without consent.

To help address this latest threat, RAN’s Protect-an-Acre program is supporting a project being led by Asubpeeschoseewagong Oshkaadiziwag Kagobewat-- a community-led group whose name translates to Grassy Narrows Youth Organization. GNYO is a new organization formed by Indigenous youth and have been participating in the Grassy Narrows blockade for years and learning skills at annual youth gatherings where Elders have taught traditional skills and knowledge about how to use the land and to help reclaim Anishinaabe culture and continue the struggle against unwanted logging. Some GNYO members were not yet teenagers when RAN began supporting these efforts by the Grassy Narrows community.

This grant is supporting the Save Keys Lake Campaign, which has the goal of removing the Keys Lake cut block from the logging plan and to have it declared a protected area. This campaign is intended to serve as a catalyst for GNYO to build confidence and capacity. In planning and running the campaign, a new group of Indigenous youth are getting the opportunity to put into place various traditional organizing models, build relationships in the community, continue to learn traditional skills from Elders and to establish themselves as leaders in their community.

This campaign is part of the overall “trapline strategy” being employed by Grassy Narrows, which seeks to combine land protection and cultural resurgence as a single process through building traditional structures on family traplines to demonstrate ongoing use of land throughout Grassy Narrows territory. The big picture goal is to leverage the Save Keys Lake Campaign together with other community-led efforts in order to force the outright cancellation of the 10-year Forest Management Plan.

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Protect-An-Acre

Since 1993, RAN’s Protect-an-Acre program (PAA) has distributed more than one million dollars in grants to more than 150 frontline communities, Indigenous-led organizations, and allies, helping their efforts to secure protection for millions of acres of traditional territory in forests around the world.

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Indonesia's Friends of the National Parks Foundation staff teach community members how to plant trees on the edge of Tanjung Puting National Park on Borneo. Photo credit: FNPF

Rainforest Action Network believes that Indigenous peoples are the best stewards of the world’s rainforests and that frontline communities organizing against the extraction and burning of dirty fossil fuels deserve the strongest support we can offer. RAN established the Protect-an-Acre program to protect the world’s forests and the rights of their inhabitants by providing financial aid to traditionally under-funded organizations and communities in forest regions.

Indigenous and frontline communities suffer disproportionate impacts to their health, livelihood and culture from extractive industry mega-projects and the effects of global climate change. That’s why Protect-an-Acre provides small grants to community-based organizations, Indigenous federations and small NGOs that are fighting to protect millions of acres of forest and keep millions of tons of CO2 in the ground.

Our grants support organizations and communities that are working to regain control of and sustainably manage their traditional territories through land title initiatives, community education, development of sustainable economic alternatives, and grassroots resistance to destructive industrial activities.

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Indonesia's Friends of the National Parks Foundation staff educate children about interacting with wildlife around Tanjung Puting National Park on Borneo. Photo credit: FNPF

PAA is an alternative to “buy-an-acre” programs that seek to provide rainforest protection by buying tracts of land, but which often fail to address the needs or rights of local Indigenous peoples. 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 so-called “protected” areas.

Traditional forest communities are often the best stewards of the land because their way of life depends upon the health of their environment. A number of recent studies <-Needs link add to the growing body of evidence that Indigenous peoples are better protectors of their forests than governments or industry.

Based on the success of Protect-an-Acre, RAN launched The Climate Action Fund (CAF) in 2009 as a way to direct further resources and support to frontline communities and Indigenous peoples challenging the fossil fuel industry.

Additionally, RAN has been a Global Advisor to Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) since 1995, identifying recipients for small grants to mobilize resources for global environmental sustainability and social justice using the same priority and criteria as we use for PAA and CAF.

Through these three programs each year we support grassroots projects that result in at least:

  • 10,000 acres of forest, held in customary ownership by Indigenous groups, is entered into the process of securing official land title recognition, providing communities with legal grounds to protect their traditional territories.
  • 10,000 trees planted, often as buffer zones around protected areas and/or as part of income and resource-generating permaculture projects that help stop land degradation.

Protect-An-Acre Application Guidelines

Protect-an-Acre Grant Application

RAN established Protect-an-Acre (PAA) in 1993 to protect the world’s forests and support the rights of their inhabitants through small grants to traditionally under-funded organizations and communities in forest regions. PAA is a grassroots alternative to “buy-an-acre” programs that seek to provide rainforest protection by buying tracts of land, but which often fail to address the needs or rights of local Indigenous peoples.

 

PAA grants fit seven basic categories:

Top priority is given to:

  1. Projects emphasizing grassroots organizing, education, training and capacity building to develop skills, increase awareness and/or build alliances towards protection of forests and increased community control over local resources
  2. Projects emphasizing community-driven, strategic use of non-violent direct action that supports local resistance to destructive development activities such as logging, oil extraction, dam construction and the expansion of monoculture plantations
  3. Projects supporting Indigenous communities securing or maintaining legal land title recognition (demarcation of territory, GPS mapping, resource inventories and management plans, meetings with neighboring communities, etc.) 

Also supported:

  1. Environmentally and socially sound sustainable economic alternative initiatives
  2. Travel and other opportunities that amplify community voices in regional, national and international forums and provide access to decision makers
  3. Field studies and original research used to hold companies accountable for their on-the-ground activities
  4. Seed money for emerging grassroots organizations

 Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Applicant’s capacity to carry out proposed activities
  2. Project strategy and urgency/includes well-defined objectives and planned activities
  3. Scale and scope of community participation, including when applicable that the community where the project is centered and/or that will be impacted by the initiative be engaged in the decision-making process related to the activities
  4. Ecological/cultural significance of forest/local environment
  5. Project honors and upholds diversity and equity
  6. Activities would be significantly enhanced by a small grant/applicant’s annual budget (under $150,000 is prioritized), overall access to resources and previous funding from RAN

Although grants are made in all regions and unsolicited proposals are welcome, geographic priority areas are Southeast Asia and South and North America (Native American/First Nations applications are prioritized in the U.S. and Canada). Applicants from other regions are encouraged to contact paa@ran.org prior to submitting an application to inquire regarding the possibility of funding.

PAA does not support individual, governmental, or exclusively academic projects. Grants generally do not exceed $5,000. Certain components of projects with larger budgets can be funded when those components significantly contribute to the project’s final outcome.

Only completed applications will be considered. Applicants will be informed within 4 weeks if their application has been short-listed or declined. The final decision on short-listed projects can take a couple of weeks longer, depending on how quickly references come back and how long it takes to resolve any inquiries regarding the application. If the application is urgent please make this clear when it is submitted.

For a Word version of the Protect-an-Acre application, please contact paa@ran.org. Completed applications can be returned via email to paa@ran.org or mailed to:

 

Rainforest Action Network

c/o Small Grants Programs Manager

425 Bush Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94108


North America

Keepers of the Athabasca
2011
$4,000 to support the 2011 Tar Sands Healing Walk, attended by several hundred people from tar sands impacted communities, hosted in Fort McMurray where major tar sands expansion is causing irreversible damage to both the environment and human health.

Mountain Justice (fiscally sponsored by Coal River Mountain Watch)
2009
$1,000 to support the 2010 Mountain Justice Summer Training Camp, consisting of ten days of training, strategizing, bonding, service and action for veteran and novice activists and for people living both within and outside of the coalfields of Appalachia to cultivate the skills and visions needed to abolish mountaintop removal and build vibrant, healthy, self-reliant communities.

Defenders of the Land
2009
$1,250 to support the organizing of a national day of action with participation from First Nations across Canada, one of the only countries still opposed to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to shine a spotlight on the country’s continued policy to remove First Nations’ control over their land and resource base, with the demand that Canada recognize Indigenous communities’ right to self-determination.

Keeper of the Mountains Foundation
2009
$1,500 to support Larry Gibson’s tireless work bringing thousands of people to witness the destruction caused by mountaintop removal coal mining to help build a movement to ensure his ancestral land on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia will not become a part of the 7,000 acre MTR site that surrounds it today.

Ya’axché Conservation Trust
2009
$1,000 to support a comprehensive advocacy campaign to secure the Government of Belize’s commitment to protected area legislation, specifically focusing on the most recent illegal, environmentally and socially detrimental activity, a proposed hydroelectric facility within the most restricted and perhaps most pristine protected area in the country, Bladen Nature Reserve.

Eyak Preservation Council
2008
$5,000 in support for resistance to the proposed Shepard Point deep water port and road, which would bring a cascade effect of development threats to the Copper River Delta, Prince William Sound and vital wild salmon habitat, all under the pretext of creating an oil spill response port, for which there are 2 well-research alternate locations that would drastically minimize environmental impact on the region.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)
2008
$4,000 to support community organizing to push for free, prior and informed consent and other land reform in Ontario building from the government’s commitment to protect 225,000 square kilometers of the Far North Boreal region.

The Maya Leaders Alliance
2008
$4,000 to support a Supreme Court lawsuit that seeks to force the government to comply with its commitment to abstain from carrying out activities that might affect the value and use of Maya lands in the rainforests of southern Belize without informed consent and the development of a mechanism through which communities can apply to have their lands demarcated. This will also support a mobilization of over 200 community members to attend the trial and speak with national media.

Boreal Action Project
2008
$3,000 to support a cross-cultural action camp in Manitoba, Canada between urban activists and youth and Elders from Indigenous communities to discuss methods of furthering mutual goals and build campaign, media, and direct action skills.

Algonquins of Barriere Lake
2008
$3,000 in support for ongoing efforts by the Algonquins, among the most advanced communities in Canada in terms of their research and land use planning, to pressure the government to respect its signed agreements pertaining to resource co-management and sustainable development.

Grassy Narrows Women’s Drum Group
2008
$5,000 to support a three day gathering of youth from Grassy Narrows (who were the catalysts and initiators of the community’s blockade of their traditional territory) and other First Nations communities.

Keepers of the Athabasca
2008
$4,000 in support for the 1st First Nations led documentary project regarding Tar Sands, focusing on the stories of elders who have worked, raised families, lived off the land and waters of the region and witnessed the many changes to the watershed and how they have impacted their communities over the course of their lives.

Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre
2008
$3,000 to support a First Nations youth conference, with participation from all 7 communities throughout Ontario that belong to the Mushkegowuk Council, focused on raising awareness around the topic of climate change and providing a forum for the youth to share their concerns and vision for the future of their territory.

Niska Traditional Memorial Gathering Committee
2007
$1,000 in support for a 5 day festival in Moose Factory, Ontario to showcase and celebrate the Omushkego Cree culture and honor the youth and the geese which bring the community sustenance and life, with workshops addressing concerns over land, water and global warming.

Boreal Action Project
2007
$3,000 in support for a cross-cultural action camp in Manitoba, Canada between urban activists and youth and Elders from Indigenous communities to discuss methods of furthering mutual goals and build campaign, media, and direct action skills.

Community Forest Team
2007
$2,000 in support for an effort to bring Pacific Lumber Company, which is currently bankrupt, under community control and implement a plan for permanent, sustainable timber management of 197,000 acres of redwood forests, while 12,000 acres of old-growth and environmentally significant habitat are preserved.

Mother Earth Helpers (Grassy Narrows First Nation)
2007
$540 in support for Mother Earth Helpers patrol of Grassy Narrows' Traditional Sacred Grounds and the establishment of three campsites that would block secondary roads where logging is happening.

Ardoch Algonquin First Nation
2007
$5,000 to support the efforts of Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, an Aninshinaabe community of about 700 in southeast Ontario, that has established a blockade to prevent Frontenac from developing an open-pit uranium mine on their traditional land.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (on behalf of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug)
2006
$5,000 in support of KI, a fly-in community of approximately 900 people located 400km from the nearest road in the Canadian Boreal, in its legal efforts to defend its treaty rights against a $10 billion lawsuit filled by Platinex and to mount a constitutional challenge to so-called "free entry" mining and the Ontario Mining Act.

Grassy Narrows Women's Drum Group
2006
$2,170 to support a three day gathering of youth from Grassy Narrows (who were the catalysts and initiators of the community's now 4-year blockade) and other First Nations communities, including workshops on traditional skills and leadership building, sweat lodges and traditional feasts and discussions led by Indigenous leaders on tribal and treaty history and Indigenous land rights.

Grassy Narrows Environmental Committee
2006
5,000 to support travel expenses for 7 members of Grassy Narrows, including youth and chaperones, and one leader from the KI community to go to southern Ontario for a week of activities in support of the First Nations National Day of Action, including erecting a nine-meter teepee on the front lawn of the Ontario legislature.

Friends of Grassy Narrows
2005
$3,000 to support two public educational events featuring spokespeople from the Pimicikamak Cree community of Cross Lake and from a community of the James Bay Cree on expected environmental and social impacts of major proposed hydro developments for northern Manitoba (including in roadless areas of the Boreal).

Humboldt County Forest Defense Group
2005
$2,500 in general support of efforts to prevent logging in Nanning Creek Grove, some of the last old growth forests in California.

Oxygen Collective
2004
$1,000 in general support of Oxygen Collective’s multi-year effort to stop logging in the Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Conservation Area in Oregon, the most biologically diverse national forest in the West.

The Friends of the Rogue-Kalmiopsis
2004
$1,000 to purchase a video camera to document before and after cutting of healthy trees around stream buffers in the proposed Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Conservation Area in Oregon, the most biologically diverse national forest in the West, which under the pretense of salvaging fire damaged timber is being sold off as part of the biggest timber sale in U.S. history.

Mishkeegogamang and Saugeen Communities Anishnaabekwe
2004
$5,000 grant to support efforts led by Ojibway women to initiate one the largest forest blockades in north western Ontario history due to the unresponsiveness of Bowater, which has been logging and spraying chemicals on the First Nation's territory without authorization.

Olancho Environmental Movement
2004
$5,000 to allow 12 local leaders to be trained and in turn train their communities in several areas related to the struggle against illegal logging in Olancho, Honduras.

Hupacasath First Nation
2004
$2,000 to support the Hupacasath’s lawsuit challenging the Canadian government’s order allowing Weyerhaeuser to log, without consultation, on the community’s traditional territory on Vancouver Island.

Maya Ecological Literacy Project
2004
$3,000 to bring together 30 elders in the Ecological Reserve of the Ejido Tres Garantias region in the Yucatan peninsula for a gathering where they can openly discuss the problems they are facing from rapid development by government and multi-national corporations and where they can formulate a plan of action to protect the region, one of the most biodiverse in the world.

Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET)
2003
$5000 for organizing a special training camp and meeting for First Nations communities working to gain control over and protect the forests on their traditional land and to help these communities bring their concerns to the international level.

The Julian Cho Society
2003
$1,000 to allow JCS' Chair, Cristina Coc, to travel this summer to coordinate the legal registration of JCS and to hold meetings and coordinate efforts with other Indigenous and environmental leaders with the aim of building the organization in order to carry on the work of Julian Cho, who was murdered for his leadership in the struggle for rainforest conservation and Maya land rights

Fuerza Ambiental
2002
$5,000 to support the efforts of Fuerza Ambiental and the Sierra Madre Alliance to mount a legal defense and public campaign to free local Tarahumara activist Isidro Baldenegro Lopez (who later received the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize) and to resolve the land fraud that has granted control of his community's forests to the Fontes cartel, which runs the drug trade in the region.

Project Underground
1998
$5,000 in support of the First International Gold Summit, organized with regional NGOs and communities that are affected by gold mining.

Pico Bonito National Park Foundation (FUPNAPIB)
1998
$5,000 with which FUPNAPIB aims to complete the demarcation of a protected area and to identify where the highest biodiversity and greatest threats are in order to obtain funding to increase the existing number of park guards to carry out monitoring activities.

Sierra Madre Alliance
1998
$5,000 to legally restore land rights to local communities, begin planning of locally controlled forest reserves and alternatives to logging and drug production, and to create a cultural interchange and permaculture training in order to create reserves and alternatives for the communities' economies.

Eyak Preservation Council
1998
$5,000 to support a grassroots advocacy campaign directed towards building support for a comprehensive conservation easement alternative to the Bering River extraction project proposed by the Chugach Alaska Corporation.

Valhalla Wilderness Society
1997
$2,200 to support the production of a toolkit for the media and members of the European and Canadian parliaments about the crisis in Canada’s Boreal Forest.

Luna Media
1997
$10,000 of general support to Luna Media in their work with North Coast Earth First! to continue and increase media outreach as actions continue around Headwaters ancient redwood forests.


South America

WALHI Jambi
2012
$5,000 to support work with 5 villages in Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia to strengthen community management systems and values and help secure control and protection for over 40,000 acres of customarily-owned “village forest” through holding a series of meetings to reach collective decisions to develop and implement 35 year management plans that consider ecological, economic and social dimensions and provide for sustainable sources of income that reflect local cultural values.

 

Lati Tana Adat Takaa 
2012
$2,000 to help the Dayak Benuaq Indigenous Peoples of Muara Tae in Kalimantan, Indonesia to protect their customary rainforest land through the completion of participatory mapping of village areas as part of a process to secure a 4,000 hectare territorial claim, as well as advocating to stop ongoing and future encroachment by palm oil and mining companies.

 

Federation of the Achuar Nationality of Peru
2012
$4,500 to support the relocation of the Achuar community of Putuntsa to a new location at the heart of their ancestral territory in the Peruvian rainforest near where oil company Talisman Energy is planning to begin production drilling as a means of trying to keep their territory free from new oil exploitation. Also supported an inter-ethnic congress to discuss the threat posed by Talisman and form a common position to defend ancestral Indigenous territory. Talisman subsequently announced in September that it would cease all oil exploration activities in the Peruvian Amazon.

 

Frente de Conservacion Ecologica de la Comunidad Nativa Mushuk-Llakta de Chipaota
2012
$4,000 to support ongoing work to expand the recognized territory of the Mushuk-Llatka de Chipaota Indigenous community from 22,000 to 37,000 hectares through the establishment of a biological reserve in the Andean Forest buffer zone of Cordillera Azul National Park and to secure protection of the area through a community-led monitoring program.

 

Caura Futures
2012
$3,500 to support Caura Futures conservation efforts within the 45,300 km² Caura River Basin in the Venezuelan Amazon through providing training and tools to safeguard Indigenous knowledge, improve human health, and promote good ecosystem stewardship, including addressing the issue that some youths today are more likely to fell, rather than climb, a palm tree for its fruit by creating new enthusiasm for the traditional practice of tree-climbing through introducing new gear, reviewed and approved by community members, and holding competitions (a workshop will also expand this aspect of the project to Iquitos, Peru, where wild palm fruit markets are highly developed and the problem of felling palms is widespread).

 

Fundación Runa
2012
$3,000 to support the creation of a 200 acre mixed-use agroforestry project, incorporating cacao, coffee, and guayusa that will provide income for communities, while also serving as a strategic buffer zone around the Colonso Protected Area, 25,000 acres of natural forest in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

 

Keepers of the Athabasca
2011
$4,000 to support the 2011 Tar Sands Healing Walk, attended by several hundred people from tar sands impacted communities, hosted in Fort McMurray where major tar sands expansion is causing irreversible damage to both the environment and human health.

 

WALHI Riau
2011
$4,000 to support a series of capacity building workshops with local communities in Riau Province, Indonesia to protect peatland forests through the development of low carbon livilihoods that protect biodiversity and prevent high CO2 emissions, while providing just and prosperous sources of income, as an alternative to the devastation caused by the pulp and paper industry.

 

Shinai
2011
$5,000 to help the organization deepen their critical work supporting Achuar, Quichua and Urarinas communities in the Corrientes and Pastaza river basins in the northern Peru Amazon, a region impacted by 4 decades of oil development, through a program to monitor a collective 3 million acres of traditional territories, as well as organizational capacity building and cultural revitalization programs.

 

Movimento Xingu Vivo para Sempre (MXVPS)
2011
$5,000 to provide emergency funding to support a unified grassroots response to the Brazilian government's plans to move forward with construction of the Belo Monte dam complex, which would devastate more than 1,500 square kilometers in the Amazon and result in the forced displacement of 20,000 people.

 

Rural Women Development Association
2011
$1,000 to help this women-led organization that has been achieving impressive results on a shoestring budget drastically enhance its capacity and efficiency through the purchase of a laptop and printer to be used to support its community training and capacity building efforts to promote tree planting and rainforest protection in rural Uganda. 

 

Instituto Permacultura Mozambique (IPERMO)
2010
$5,000 to establish a plant nursery capable of producing 10,000 native trees annually to be planted as a green buffer around three clustered communities in southern Mozambique whose natural resources are being threatened by urban expansion and other encroachments. A 22,000 liter water tank will also be built to capture harvested rainwater from community buildings to provide water during dry season.

 

Rural Women Development Association
2010
$1,000 help this women-led organization that has been achieving impressive results on a shoestring budget drastically enhance its capacity and efficiency through the purchase of a laptop, printer, etc. to be used to support its community training and capacity building efforts to promote tree planting and rainforest protection in rural Uganda.

 

Red de Permacultura America Latina en el Peru (REDPAL-PERU) on behalf of Achual Sustainable Harvest Project
2009
$1,500 to support the Achual community’s permaculture project in the in Peruvian Amazon, which will produce tropical fruits with maximum biodiversity, provide income security, result in the reforestation of depleted areas, and help secure native status recognition of 4,000 acres of rainforest territory.

 

Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP)
2009
$2,500 to support a major gathering on the anniversary of an Indigenous-led strike throughout the Peruvian Amazon against oil development with the goal of strengthening the resolve of regional based organizations and communities to defend their collective territories through increased knowledge of available legal tools and precedents, including ILO Convention No. 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

 

Traditional U’wa Authority
2009
$2,500 to support a grassroots mobilization of U’wa community members in defense of their territory in the cloud forests of northeastern Colombia against imminent gas extraction activities, also facilitating a delegation of civil society allies, civilian government officials, and international media.

 

Keeper of the Mountains Foundation
2009
$1,500 to support Larry Gibson’s tireless work bringing thousands of people to witness the destruction caused by mountaintop removal coal mining to help build a movement to ensure his ancestral land on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia will not become a part of the 7,000 acre MTR site that surrounds it today.

 

Lestari Negeri
2009
$2,500 to investigate and monitor palm oil producers Duta Palma and Wilmar Group in order to document the impact of palm oil plantations on Cerenti Indigenous peoples and the rainforest of the Riau province of Indonesia, which in conjunction with technical assistance, planning and consulting with communities will support a public campaign and the filing of legal complaints aimed at stopping continued expansion of palm oil plantations.

 

Rainforest Action Network Ghana
2009
$3,000 to support a project to build the capacity of Pokuase communities in southern Ghana to help protect the imperiled Gua Koo Forest Reserve, 50 acres of intact forest that is part of a larger forest ecosystem in the region.

 

Ya’axché Conservation Trust
2009
$1,000 to support a comprehensive advocacy campaign to secure the Government of Belize’s commitment to protected area legislation, specifically focusing on the most recent illegal, environmentally and socially detrimental activity, a proposed hydroelectric facility within the most restricted and perhaps most pristine protected area in the country, Bladen Nature Reserve.

 

Defenders of the Land
2009
$1,250 to support the organizing of a national day of action with participation from First Nations across Canada, one of the only countries still opposed to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to shine a spotlight on the country’s continued policy to remove First Nations’ control over their land and resource base, with the demand that Canada recognize Indigenous communities’ right to self-determination.

 

KONTAK Rakyat Borneo
2009
$4,000 to carry out a two week field investigation in and around PT Indo Sawit Kekal, a Cargill subsidiary, to gather concrete evidence and documentation of its operations in violation of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil principles and criteria and Indonesian law, as well as establish a link between Sinar Mas plantations and Cargill mills.

 

Mountain Justice (fiscally sponsored by Coal River Mountain Watch)
2009
$1,000 to support the 2010 Mountain Justice Summer Training Camp, consisting of ten days of training, strategizing, bonding, service and action for veteran and novice activists and for people living both within and outside of the coalfields of Appalachia to cultivate the skills and visions needed to abolish mountaintop removal and build vibrant, healthy, self-reliant communities.

 

La Fundacion de Proteccion Ambiental Waira Samay Yawayry
2009
$3,000 to support the Kichwa community of Rucullacta’s campaign to stop oil exploration on their territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon, through workshops to raise awareness, legal actions and non violent direct action.

 

Keepers of the Athabasca
2008
$4,000 in support for the 1st First Nations led documentary project regarding Tar Sands, focusing on the stories of elders who have worked, raised families, lived off the land and waters of the region and witnessed the many changes to the watershed and how they have impacted their communities over the course of their lives.

 

Oro Community Environmental Action Network (OCEAN)
2008
$4,000 to support community outreach, education, and organizing in the Musa Pongani area of Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, to resist new logging permit applications covering 250,000 hectares approved by the government without consultation as 99 year leases for Musa Century Landowners Company, a syndicate of Asian companies.

 

Associação Indígena Kïsêdjê
2008
$4,000 to support a gathering of members of the four Kisedje communities to organize and education all Kisedje people about agribusiness, its threats, and the Indigenous movement in the Brazilian Cerrado currently challenging the expansion of soy production. 

 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)
2008
$4,000 to support community organizing to push for free, prior and informed consent and other land reform in Ontario building from the government’s commitment to protect 225,000 square kilometers of the Far North Boreal region.

 

Eyak Preservation Council
2008
$5,000 in support for resistance to the proposed Shepard Point deep water port and road, which would bring a cascade effect of development threats to the Copper River Delta, Prince William Sound and vital wild salmon habitat, all under the pretext of creating an oil spill response port, for which there are 2 well-research alternate locations that would drastically minimize environmental impact on the region.

 

Mobilization of Indigenous People of the Cerrado (MOPIC)
2008
$5,000 to support the production of a documentary focusing on Bunge and Cargill’s operations in the heart of the Brazilian Cerrado in Mato Grosso to raise awareness and be used as an organizing tool to engage and empower communities on the frontlines of soy expansion, some of whom have fields coming right up to the border of their titled land.

 

The Maya Leaders Alliance
2008
$4,000 to support a Supreme Court lawsuit that seeks to force the government to comply with its commitment to abstain from carrying out activities that might affect the value and use of Maya lands in the rainforests of southern Belize without informed consent and the development of a mechanism through which communities can apply to have their lands demarcated. This will also support a mobilization of over 200 community members to attend the trial and speak with national media.

 

Grassy Narrows Women’s Drum Group
2008
$5,000 to support a three day gathering of youth from Grassy Narrows (who were the catalysts and initiators of the community’s blockade of their traditional territory) and other First Nations communities.

 

Boreal Action Project
2008
$3,000 to support a cross-cultural action camp in Manitoba, Canada between urban activists and youth and Elders from Indigenous communities to discuss methods of furthering mutual goals and build campaign, media, and direct action skills.

 

Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP)
2008
$3,000 to provide emergency support to the Indigenous movement in the Peruvian Amazon carrying out blockades to demand a suspension of oil, gas and mining concessions in the Amazon, and the repeal of several new laws drafted to comply with a free trade agreement with the United States, which take away community land rights and allow companies to enter Indigenous land with no prior consultation or even warning.

 

European Environmental Paper Network (EEPN)
2008
$3,000 to provide bridge funding to maintain a part-time coordinator for 5 months to allow EEPN to continue networking on the Shrink Project (which recently secured a commitment from the French government to reduce paper consumption by 50%), the Indonesia Paper Campaign, and the Virtual Global Summit on the paper industry.

 

Shinai
2008
$3,000 to support Amo Amazonia, a week of artistic and cultural events to bring the color and life of the Amazon to the streets of Lima and the hearts of the Peruvian people to help educate the general public and shift attitudes in the wake of the recent blockades and conflict between the government and Indigenous peoples defending their rights and land.

 

Algonquins of Barriere Lake
2008
$3,000 in support for ongoing efforts by the Algonquins, among the most advanced communities in Canada in terms of their research and land use planning, to pressure the government to respect its signed agreements pertaining to resource co-management and sustainable development.

 

Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre
2008
$3,000 to support a First Nations youth conference, with participation from all 7 communities throughout Ontario that belong to the Mushkegowuk Council, focused on raising awareness around the topic of climate change and providing a forum for the youth to share their concerns and vision for the future of their territory.

 

Comision Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz
2008
$3,000 to support work on behalf of Emberá communities living in the lower Atrato, Colombia, an area rich in minerals and expanding palm oil plantations, by a legal case in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and pressuring the government to enforce its denouncement of paramilitary violence and the illegal expansion of plantations onto community land without consent.

 

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC)
2008
$2,500 to support OVEC's efforts to stop mountaintop removal in West Virginia and to acquire security equipment needed for community leader Maria Gunnoe's safety as she faces ongoing harassment and intimidation due to her role as a spokesperson and organizer.

 

Associação Floresta Protegida
2007
$3,000 in support for the participation of Kayapo community members at the meeting/protest in Altamira, Brazil against the Belo Monte Dam planned for the Xingu River, which would be the world's 3rd largest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlEQgtNkFTs

 

Save America's Forests (on behalf of the Waorani)
2007
$2,500 to support Save America’s Forests and Land is Life work with the Waorani (formerly spelled Huaorani) to curb illegal logging by signing 6 month contracts with leaders to not allow logging on their territory in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon as a temporary measure while the government is working with community leaders to develop a permanent long-term agreement that will take over these payments as part of the plan.

 

Ardoch Algonquin First Nation
2007
$5,000 to support the efforts of Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, an Aninshinaabe community of about 700 in southeast Ontario, that has established a blockade to prevent Frontenac from developing an open-pit uranium mine on their traditional land.

 

Boreal Action Project
2007
$3,000 in support for a cross-cultural action camp in Manitoba, Canada between urban activists and youth and Elders from Indigenous communities to discuss methods of furthering mutual goals and build campaign, media, and direct action skills.

 

Amazon Jam
2007
$2,500 in support for a 5 day Amazon Jam in Brazil that will bring together over 30 young leaders, activists, supporters, and journalists, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous to rally and unite people against oil and soy development in the Amazon.

 

Latin American Permaculture Network of Peru (REDPAL-Peru) on behalf of Achual Sustainable Harvest Project
2007
$2,155 in support for the Achual community’s permaculture project in the in Peruvian Amazon, which will produce tropical fruits with maximum biodiversity, provide income security, result in the reforestation of depleted areas, and help secure native status recognition of 4,000 acres of rainforest territory.

 

Community Forest Team
2007
$2,000 in support for an effort to bring Pacific Lumber Company, which is currently bankrupt, under community control and implement a plan for permanent, sustainable timber management of 197,000 acres of redwood forests, while 12,000 acres of old-growth and environmentally significant habitat are preserved.

 

Niska Traditional Memorial Gathering Committee
2007
$1,000 in support for a 5 day festival in Moose Factory, Ontario to showcase and celebrate the Omushkego Cree culture and honor the youth and the geese which bring the community sustenance and life, with workshops addressing concerns over land, water and global warming.

 

Grupo de Trabajo "Racimos de Ungurahui"
2007
$3,000 in support for representatives from Racimos and the Indigenous Achuar federations FECONACO, AIM and ATI, to travel to Calgary and Los Angeles to engage directly with officials of Talisman Energy and Occidental Petroleum at their annual shareholder meetings regarding current and past oil concession on Achuar territory.

 

Mother Earth Helpers (Grassy Narrows First Nation)
2007
$540 in support for Mother Earth Helpers patrol of Grassy Narrows' Traditional Sacred Grounds and the establishment of three campsites that would block secondary roads where logging is happening.

 

Interethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP)
2007
$1,500 in support for an ongoing legal effort to challenge the development of two massive oil projects : Barrett's Block 67 and Repsol's Block 39 : which threaten one of the most pristine and remote regions left in the Amazon.

 

Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights
2007
$4,740 in support of CELCOR’s legal case against Cargill Temesek Holdings to stop a proposed palm oil mill in PNG from being pushed through without the consent of landowners.

 

Interethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP)
2006
$3,000 in support for the opening of Escuela Senen Soi, a training program by and for Indigenous leaders of the Peruvian Amazon to build skills related to the defense of the human rights and the environment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQIWb_CpIG8

 

Grassy Narrows Environmental Committee
2006
5,000 to support travel expenses for 7 members of Grassy Narrows, including youth and chaperones, and one leader from the KI community to go to southern Ontario for a week of activities in support of the First Nations National Day of Action, including erecting a nine-meter teepee on the front lawn of the Ontario legislature.

 

Latin American Permaculture Network of Peru (REDPAL-Peru)
on behalf of Achual Sustainable Harvest Project
2006
$2,300 to support the Achual community’s permaculture project in the in Peruvian Amazon, which will produce tropical fruits with maximum biodiversity, provide income security, result in the reforestation of depleted areas, and lead to native status recognition of 4,000 acres of rainforest territory.

 

Lembaga Gemawa
2006
$4,000 to support a community organizing and education campaign to counter heavy government PR around plans for massive expansion of palm oil plantations along the Indonesian/Malaysian border in Sambas District, West Kalimantan.

 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (on behalf of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug)
2006
$5,000 in support of KI, a fly-in community of approximately 900 people located 400km from the nearest road in the Canadian Boreal, in its legal efforts to defend its treaty rights against a $10 billion lawsuit filled by Platinex and to mount a constitutional challenge to so-called "free entry" mining and the Ontario Mining Act.

 

Defense and Ecological Conservation of Intag
2006
$3,000 to help DECOIN build on the already strong community-level opposition to mining company Ascendant Copper, as well as support continued citizen patrols of at risk areas and the establishment of additional community watersheds in the biologically diverse Intag region of northwest Ecuador.

 

Elang
2006
$5,000 to support a training for local leaders and their subsequent travel to hold 2 day workshops in 50 communities in rainforest regions of Sumatra to inform them about the potential impacts from palm oil plantations, using a film (played on community karaoke systems) of testimonials from already impacted communities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqDaco8p8tU

 

Oilwatch Ecuador
2006
$4,500 in support for a creative campaign backed by the Ecuadorian government that would keep crude oil in the subsoil permanently in Yasuní National Park in the Amazon, halting the planned ITT oil project, in exchange for international financial support.

 

The Borneo Project (on behalf of 3 Indigenous communities)
2006
$5,000 for 3 new community-based initiatives to protect primary forest at the headwaters of 3 rivers in Malaysian Borneo, with activities to include participatory planning, proposal development, watershed mapping training, negotiation and demarcation of 3,000+ acres that will result in customary rights for the communities and permanently protected forest.

 

Papua New Guinea Eco-Forestry Forum
2006
$5,000 to support PNG EFF’s efforts to challenge recent logging permits in order to save 920,000 hectares of pristine tropical rainforest from large-scale commercial logging and to establish a legal precedent to ensure all laws governing the management of forestry resources are adhered to.

 

Grassy Narrows Women's Drum Group
2006
$2,170 to support a three day gathering of youth from Grassy Narrows (who were the catalysts and initiators of the community's now 4-year blockade) and other First Nations communities, including workshops on traditional skills and leadership building, sweat lodges and traditional feasts and discussions led by Indigenous leaders on tribal and treaty history and Indigenous land rights.

 

Humboldt County Forest Defense Group
2005
$2,500 in general support of efforts to prevent logging in Nanning Creek Grove, some of the last old growth forests in California.

 

Amazon Defense Front
2005
$5,000 to support the sixth bi-annual congress of the coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous inhabitants of the Ecuadorian Amazon, to elect new leaders, review plans and projects (especially around the ChevronTexaco lawsuit and judicial inspections), and to allow base communities to report on their monitoring of Petroecuador, Oxy and Encana facilities and pipelines.

 

Traditional U'wa Authority
2005
$4,000 to support newly elected U’wa President Berito Cobaría, and community leader Daris Cristancho, on a visit to the US to embark on a speaking tour, meet with members of Congress and attend a strategy meeting, among other activities.

 

Alianza de Nacionalidades
2005
$5,000 for travel of three Indigenous leaders from communities in Ecuador and Peru affected by Burlington Resources to the ConocoPhilips AGM in Houston (which is merging with Burlington) to continue their multi-year effort to confront oil companies with a unified voice and to raise the profile of their struggle.

 

Oilwatch Ecuador
2005
$3,000 for communities impacted by, and campaigning against, ChevronTexaco operations in Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Suriname, Brazil and Argentina to travel to the 2nd People's Health Assembly in Cuenca, Ecuador to exchange experiences and strategize.

 

Interethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP)
2005
$1,000 to support a 5 day workshop in the Peruvian Amazon to be attended by 150 chiefs and leaders of 50 Indigenous communities, as well as representatives from regional, national and international Indigenous organizations in order to inform leaders about the environmental, social and cultural impacts of oil activities and gather information on the impacts already generated by seismic exploration by Repsol in the Ucayali region.

 

Friends of Grassy Narrows
2005
$3,000 to support two public educational events featuring spokespeople from the Pimicikamak Cree community of Cross Lake and from a community of the James Bay Cree on expected environmental and social impacts of major proposed hydro developments for northern Manitoba (including in roadless areas of the Boreal).

 

Land is Life
2005
$2,000 to support two members of the Zapara community from the Ecuadorian Amazon to travel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and a training preceding the Forum to build capacity for representatives from over 20 Indigenous communities around the world to strengthen their ability to participate in the meeting and other international gatherings effectively.

 

Xavante Wara Association
2005
$3,500 to support a gathering of delegates from Xavante and Kraho territories in Sao Paulo to hold a high-profile media event and discuss their plans for protecting the Cerrado, Brazil’s expansive woodland-savanna that is currently being cleared for large scale agriculture projects.

 

Sakhalin Environment Watch
2005
$4450 to support an Indigenous-led protest against Sakhalin-I and Sakhalin-II, the largest integrated oil and gas project currently under construction anywhere in the world.

 

Traditional U'wa Authority
2004
$7,500 to provide general support for U'wa efforts to build capacity, expand leadership training and experience for women in the community, support a legal team to defend U'wa land claims, and build alliances through grassroots organizing with surrounding communities.

 

Olancho Environmental Movement
2004
$5,000 to allow 12 local leaders to be trained and in turn train their communities in several areas related to the struggle against illegal logging in Olancho, Honduras.

 

Land is Life
2004
$5,000 grant for an emergency request from community leader Moi Enomenga to support the mobilization via helicopter of 120 Huaorani to attend a Congress to elect new Huaorani leadership that will reverse the position of the current leadership and honor the will of the community members to stand up against new oil development on their territory, including declaring null and void an agreement that had been reached with Petrobras to drill on Huaorani territory.

 

Bi-National Coordinating Committee of the Achuar Nationality of Ecuador and Peru (COBNAEP)
2004
$5,000 to support the Achuar people in Peru to hold an assembly with their official federations and representatives of 40 Achuar communities to pass an official declaration to clarify the Achuar peoples’ opposition to any oil development on their land.

 

Hupacasath First Nation
2004
$2,000 to support the Hupacasath’s lawsuit challenging the Canadian government’s order allowing Weyerhaeuser to log, without consultation, on the community’s traditional territory on Vancouver Island.

 

Defense and Ecological Conservation of Intag
2004
$3,000 to support a legal defense fund and community-based campaign to prevent Ascendant Exploration from mining in the cloud forests of the Junín area in northwestern Ecuador. 

 

Maya Ecological Literacy Project
2004
$3,000 to bring together 30 elders in the Ecological Reserve of the Ejido Tres Garantias region in the Yucatan peninsula for a gathering where they can openly discuss the problems they are facing from rapid development by government and multi-national corporations and where they can formulate a plan of action to protect the region, one of the most biodiverse in the world. 

 

Amigos da Terra – Amazonia Brasileira
2004
$1,600 to allow FOE Amazonia to hire an additional staff person for four months to carry-out a campaign in Brazil pressuring Petrobras to withdraw its plans to build a road through Yasuni National Park in Ecuador.

 

Oxygen Collective
2004
$1,000 in general support of Oxygen Collective’s multi-year effort to stop logging in the Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Conservation Area in Oregon, the most biologically diverse national forest in the West.

 

Latin American Permaculture Network of Peru (REDPAL-Peru) 
2004
$2,500 for the construction of a lombriculture structure that will use captured rainwater, rabbit pellets and earthworms to produce humus to be used for reforestation and community gardens in a Shipibo-Konibo community in the Peruvian Amazon as part of their ongoing efforts to achieve economic and ecological sustainability.
The Friends of the Rogue-Kalmiopsis
2004
$1,000 to purchase a video camera to document before and after cutting of healthy trees around stream buffers in the proposed Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Conservation Area in Oregon, the most biologically diverse national forest in the West, which under the pretense of salvaging fire damaged timber is being sold off as part of the biggest timber sale in U.S. history.

 

Huaorani Women of the Ecuadorian Amazon
2004
$5,000 to support a women-led effort to protect Huaorani ancestral territory within Yasuni National Park from a destructive Petrobras oil extraction/road building project via the establishment of a 3 month peace camp.

 

Mishkeegogamang and Saugeen Communities Anishnaabekwe
2004
$5,000 grant to support efforts led by Ojibway women to initiate one the largest forest blockades in north western Ontario history due to the unresponsiveness of Bowater, which has been logging and spraying chemicals on the First Nation's territory without authorization.

 

Federation of Huilliche de Chiloé Communities
2004
$5,000 to work with three Huilliche communities (82 families) on the island of Chiloé to preserve its native forests through land title initiatives and creating sustainable income-generating opportunities in the newly created 10,000 acre Huilliche National Park.

 

Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET)
2003
$5000 for organizing a special training camp and meeting for First Nations communities working to gain control over and protect the forests on their traditional land and to help these communities bring their concerns to the international level.

 

Coordination of Mapuche Organizations and Territorial Identities
2003
$500 to support a Mapuche organized counter-summit to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Pucon, Chile, a region that has a large Mapuche population.

 

The Julian Cho Society
2003
$1,000 to allow JCS' Chair, Cristina Coc, to travel this summer to coordinate the legal registration of JCS and to hold meetings and coordinate efforts with other Indigenous and environmental leaders with the aim of building the organization in order to carry on the work of Julian Cho, who was murdered for his leadership in the struggle for rainforest conservation and Maya land rights

 

Association of Indigenous Communities of Sarayaku (TAYJA SARUTA)
2003
$1,500 to support the Kichwa community of Sarayaku, which has been experiencing the militarization of their traditional territory to provide "security" for multinational oil companies, including Burlington Resources from the United States and CGC from Argentina, which are carrying out seismic testing in the region even though the people of Sarayaku are staunchly opposed to oil development on their land. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4u8HjLqOdU
Indigenous Forests Restoration Initiative
2003
$5,000 to help five traditional Indigenous communities in Sarawak, Malaysia to establish and expand simple tree and rattan nurseries to enrich forests that have been degraded by the activities of the Shin Yang logging concession over the past several decades, thereby strengthening their legal efforts to obtain land title recognition.

 

Kaxinawa Rubber Tappers Association of Rio Jordão
2003
$2,500 to support the Huni Kuin Cooperative, which works to generate income for families, obtain title to additional Kaxinawa traditional territory between the Jordão and Tarauacu rivers, create new extractive reserves, and monitor illegal logging.

 

National Zapara Organization of the Ecuadorian Amazon
2002
$5,000 to support the production of an illustrated trilingual children’s book written by and for the Zapara community that can be used at the local, national and international level to strengthen the community’s language and cultural revitalization efforts and illustrate the community’s relationship with its rainforest home to help its efforts to stop oil exploitation on traditional land.

 

Mapu Lahual de la Butahuilimapu Indigenous Association
2002
$5,000 to support Mapuche Huilliche leaders who are working for the implementation of the first Network of Indigenous Owned Protected Areas (MAPU LAHUAL), which will benefit 6 different coastal Indigenous communities.

 

Instituto Raoni
2002
$2,500 to support a meeting of all Indigenous peoples of the Xingu valley being organized by the Kayapo to coordinate a united response to dams, pollution, ecological destruction, and invasion of Indigenous territories by colonizers.

 

Machiguenga Council of the Urubamba River (COMARU)
2002
$5,000 to conduct an investigative trip of the entire Camisea gas project area, along the Upper and Lower Urubamba river basin in Peru, visiting all affected communities to consult about project impacts and to gather testimonies and visit and document project construction sites.

 

Grupo de Trabajo "Racimos de Ungurahui"
2002
$5,865 to allow Racimos staff to receive training in the production and distribution of documentaries to be used as a tool to forward their mission of providing direct support to Indigenous communities in the Peruvian rainforest through capacity building, legal support and the dissemination of information about the threats facing these communities.

 

Traditional U'wa Authority
2002
$1,200 to support the U’wa’s Sixth Congress, during which new community representatives, including the President, will be elected to three-year terms.

 

The Tanzania Forest Conservation Group
2002
$1,960 to support the Amani Butterfly Project, which will help ensure the preservation of the Eastern Arc Mountains, a forest region that is one of the most biologically diverse terrestrial habitats in the world, through the creation of a butterfly-farming group among forest-adjacent agricultural communities.

 

Fuerza Ambiental
2002
$5,000 to support the efforts of Fuerza Ambiental and the Sierra Madre Alliance to mount a legal defense and public campaign to free local Tarahumara activist Isidro Baldenegro Lopez (who later received the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize) and to resolve the land fraud that has granted control of his community's forests to the Fontes cartel, which runs the drug trade in the region.

 

The Coastal Range Coalition for the Conservation of the 10th Region of Chile (CCCC)
2002
$3,000 to support CCCC’s implementation of an agreement reached with the Chilean government in 2003 to reroute a coastal range highway that had been planned to pass through the Valdivian rainforest, the oldest and most diverse temperate rainforest remaining in South America.

 

Amazon Defense Front
2002
$3,300 to support a year-long project that will allow FDA to continue its leading role in coordinating a lawsuit seeking reparations from CheveronTexaco for communities impacted by the company's dumping of toxic wastes into the pristine rivers, forest streams and wetlands of the Ecuadorian Amazon, ignoring industry standards and the health of local residents in order to increase profits.

 

National Interprovincial Achuar Federation of Ecuador (FINAE)
2002
$5,000 to support the Bi-national Cultural Encounter of the Achuar communities of Ecuador and Peru, a historic gathering of the communities that were divided when those countries started a war and militarized parts of what had been a unified Achuar traditional territory.

 

GeoAustral
2002
$3,000 to allow GeoAustral to carry out an investigation of the illegal trade in Alerce wood in Chile and to file legal complaints on the national and international level.

 

Machiguenga Council of the Urubamba River (COMARU) and Interethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP)
2001
$5,000 to fund an emergency project to carry out a critical analysis of the Environmental Impact Assessments for the upstream and downstream sectors of the Camisea gas project and to distribute the study’s results to Indigenous communities and organizations located in the impact area of the project in order to promote an informed and participative consultation process.

 

Independent Federation of the Shuar Nation of Ecuador (FIPSE)
2001
$503 to support a mobilization by FIPSE against Burlington Resources, which is illegally negotiating with Shuar individuals rather than FIPSE, one of the two legitimate Shuar representative bodies, as an effort to use ‘divide and conquer’ tactics to neutralize community resistance in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon.

 

Acción por la Vida
2001
$4,000 to support an effort to prevent the construction of Ecuador’s OCP oil pipeline through the ecologically prized Mindo-Nambillo Cloudforest.

 

Traditional U'wa Authority
2001
$10,000 general support grant for the U’wa in their continued non-violent resistance to oil development on their land.

 

Grupo de Trabajo “Racimos de Ungurahui”
2001
$600 to support the travel of Racimos Director Lily La Torre Lopez and a small team of lawyers and scientists to a meeting of the Achuar people to offer information and technical assistance to the community in support of their resistance to a new pipeline which is planned through their traditional land.

 

National Zapara Association of the Pastaza Province of Ecuador
2000
$5,002 to continue the effort to secure the Zapara Nation's legal title to 988,000 acres of what remains of their ancestral territory.

 

Acción Ecológica
2000
$5,000 to enable Acción Ecológica to pursue several strategies to resist the construction of the OCP pipeline, which would pass through 11 protected areas, including the Mindo Nambillo Cloudforest Reserve, home to 450 bird species, 46 of which are threatened by extinction.

 

National Interprovincial Achuar Federation of Ecuador (FINAE)
2000
$5,000 to enable the Achuar to obtain a laptop computer, video camera and digital camera to be used to document the community’s resistance to resource extraction on its traditional territory.

 

The Nigerian NGO Coalition for the Environment (NGOCE)
2000
$5,001 to support NGOCE's campaign to protect the Cross River rainforest, the 2nd largest intact forest in Africa and a critical hotspot of biodiversity, through community organizing and the implementation of economic alternatives to logging and bush meat hunting, such as grasscutter, mushroom and snail farms, honey cultivation and the development of soaps and detergents from oils found in forest trees.

 

Jatun Sacha Foundation
1999
$5,002 to implement traditional Quichua agroforestry techniques, including reforestation of endangered native mahogany species, and the small-scale marketing of traditional arts to provide a supplemental source of income.

 

Citizens for Environmental Safety
1999
$1,583 to help local communities of the Cross River State with education and resource management training to help address the problem of deforestation, including establishing 30 Community Development Volunteers from 10 different communities.

 

National Zapara Association of the Pastaza Province of Ecuador
1999
$5,004 to help secure the Zapara Nation's legal title to 988,000 acres of what remains of their ancestral territory, preserving the integrity of both the Zapara culture and one of the purest, most biodiverse regions in the Ecuadorian rainforest.

 

Traditional U'wa Authority
1999
$13,640 to help fund a mass mobilization by the U'wa, who have been resisting attempts by Occidental Petroleum to drill for oil on their traditional land for years.

 

Censat Agua Viva
1999
$2,001 to help organize a two-day workshop on oil exploration in the rainforest and its impacts on forest ecosystems and Indigenous peoples, including a visit to an oil drilling site and a strategy session on how to strengthen organizing techniques of local communities and national and international grassroots organizations.

 

Censat Agua Viva
1999
$10,000 to help the U'wa to protect their sacred land against Occidental’s attempts to drill for oil.

 

National Council of Rubber Tappers
1999
$5,008 in general support for Chico Mendes' Sustainable Rainforest Campaign and its effort to create and gain legal recognition for a 1.7 million-acre reserve on the Tapajos River in the state of Para.

 

Acción Ecológica
1999
$5,000 to help defend Yasuni National Park and the Cuyabeno Reserve from the proposed ITT oil project through non-violent direct actions, letter writing campaigns, political pressure, media work, and national and international pressure on oil companies.

 

Chief Paiakan (fiscally sponsored by Green Sphere Inc.)
1999
$5,007 in legal support for Kayapo Chief Paulinho Paiakan to help defend him against politically motivated harassment due to his involvement in environmental and Indigenous rights activism.

 

CED
1998
$5,169 towards efforts to protect 2,500 hectares of the last remaining forests in central Cameroon, the protection of the only river providing water to Bougnougoulouk and neighboring villages, the protection of wildlife of the Bougnougoulouk forest from poachers, and the halt of the desertification process of Central Cameroon.

 

Pico Bonito National Park Foundation (FUPNAPIB)
1998
$5,000 with which FUPNAPIB aims to complete the demarcation of a protected area and to identify where the highest biodiversity and greatest threats are in order to obtain funding to increase the existing number of park guards to carry out monitoring activities.

 

Friends of the Nation
1998
$6,000 to help stop logging in a sacred Sekyere Hemang Grove and to repair local deforested areas through an agroforestry project.

 

Traditional U'wa Authority and the U'wa Defense Working Group
1998
$5,000 to help define the boundaries of the larger U'wa Reservation in order to secure legal title as a step towards community control and protection of the forest.

 

ABGREMO
1998
$5,017 to support ABGREMO’s campaign to protect mangroves by educating and working with local communities about the important of mangroves to the local economy and through the formation of Community Mangrove Forest Management Committees (CMMC) in pilot communities.

 

Sierra Madre Alliance
1998
$5,000 to legally restore land rights to local communities, begin planning of locally controlled forest reserves and alternatives to logging and drug production, and to create a cultural interchange and permaculture training in order to create reserves and alternatives for the communities' economies.

 

Center for Amazonian Workers
1998
$5,000 to develop renewable forest resources, such as herbal remedies, plant oils, and ornamental plants that would be sold to local markets as economic alternatives in the Rio Branco area of the Amazonian state of Acre.

 

Traditional U'wa Authority and the U'wa Defense Working Group
1998
$1,081 to create a means of communication through which members of the Traditional U'wa Authority and the U'wa Defense Working Group can communicate efficiently, expeditiously and safely.

 

Citizens for Environmental Safety
1998
$5,000 to support an effort to create an alternative source of income through the cultivation of rubber trees and the sustainable management of the 247 hectare NDE community forest, which would help provide protection from illegal timber dealers.

 

Telapak Indonesia
1998
$5,016 to help with maintaining a continued presence of Environmental Investigation Agency and Telapak Indonesia campaigners in both Jakarta and Central Kalimantan in order to increase pressure on national and regional authorities to investigate and track the sale of illegal timber to consuming markets, especially the United States.

 

Project Underground
1998
$5,000 in support of the First International Gold Summit, organized with regional NGOs and communities that are affected by gold mining.

 

Eyak Preservation Council
1998
$5,000 to support a grassroots advocacy campaign directed towards building support for a comprehensive conservation easement alternative to the Bering River extraction project proposed by the Chugach Alaska Corporation.

 

Organization of the Yawanawa Extractivist Reserve of Rio Gregorio
1998
$7,500 grant to support a Yawanawa community in the Rio Gregorio region of Northwestern Brazil’s sustainable cultivation of urucum and the small-scale marketing of the plant in the local region to help the community achieve greater economic self-sufficient and independence.

 

Bolivar State Indigenous Federation (FIEB)
1998
$7,000 to support FIEB's efforts to stop the construction of the Guri transmission line through raising public awareness, media work, and legal action.

 

Aukiñ Wallmapu Ngulam
1998
$1,920 to support an Alternative Assembly of Indigenous Peoples from Latin America to participate in the 1998 Summit of the Americas in Chile in order to voice their concerns about how Indigenous peoples’ rights and livelihoods are affected by the processes of economic integration in Latin America.

 

SAIIC
1998
$600 in support for Joaquim Yawanawa of the Yawanawa of Brazil during his two month internship in the Bay Area to receive training in alternative media and policy development to assist his efforts in focusing international attention on human rights as they apply to Indigenous peoples.

 

The Metareilá Organization of the Suruí People
1997
$3,500 to support an assembly for local communities, NGOs, and government officials to discuss a series of new development projects being proposed that threaten the western region of the Amazon.

 

Guiye Waiye Environment and Conservation Group
1997
$3,000 to support a local community effort to protect 40.5 hectares of rainforest by implementing sustainable agriculture and economic practices.

 

Rescate del Bosque Tropical (Rainforest Rescue)
1997
$4,000 to support a reforestation project in the subtropical humid region of Pinchincha aiming to restore 10 hectares of forest to its natural state, with the involvement of local families who will also reforest an acre each of their own land, replanting it with native species, including non-timber forest products which may be sold to replace income that would have been generated by the sale of wood and agricultural products.

 

OPIP
1997
$6,500 to support efforts to protect proposed oil concession areas from ARCO’s planned exploration through community organizing, workshops and non-violent direct actions.

 

Amazon Defense Front
1997
$4,500 to fund workshops, coordinated by Shuar and Achuar communities, aimed at strengthening the communities' capacity to respond effectively to impending oil threats.

 

Luna Media
1997
$10,000 of general support to Luna Media in their work with North Coast Earth First! to continue and increase media outreach as actions continue around Headwaters ancient redwood forests.

 

Centro de Investigación de los Bosques Tropicales (Rainforest Information Centre)
1997
$7,000 grant to demarcate the southern boundary of Los Cedros Biological Reserve created as a buffer zone for the Cotocachi-Cayapas National Park, protecting it from colonization, poaching, and illegal logging.

 

Amazon Defense Front
1997
$3,300 to strengthen a campaign against Texaco, including supporting grassroots organizing around a groundbreaking lawsuit against the company and monitoring and enforcing its commitments to clean-up the hundreds of open toxic waste pits and polluted rivers caused by its operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

 

Society for the Renewal of Nature Conservation in Liberia
1997
$8,215 to protect a national park and the area surrounding it, encompassing a rainforest which is very special and respected by local inhabitants because of the protection it provided for Liberians hiding during the county’s civil war.

 

Traditional U'wa Authority and the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC)
1997
$8,000 grant in support of a project to defend U'wa land from proposed oil drilling, including several workshops on oil exploration in the Colombian Amazon, demarcation of U'wa land, and an appeal to the Colombian Government to reverse the decision allowing drilling on U'wa land.

 

National Interprovincial Achuar Federation of Ecuador (FINAE)
1997
$3,500 for a grassroots organizing and media campaign, and coordination with national and international organizations to create a powerful joint effort to stop oil exploration on Indigenous territories.

 

Valhalla Wilderness Society
1997
$2,200 to support the production of a toolkit for the media and members of the European and Canadian parliaments about the crisis in Canada’s Boreal Forest.

Africa

Rural Women Development Association
2011
$1,000 to help this women-led organization that has been achieving impressive results on a shoestring budget drastically enhance its capacity and efficiency through the purchase of a laptop and printer to be used to support its community training and capacity building efforts to promote tree planting and rainforest protection in rural Uganda.

2010
$1,000 help this women-led organization that has been achieving impressive results on a shoestring budget drastically enhance its capacity and efficiency through the purchase of a laptop, printer, etc. to be used to support its community training and capacity building efforts to promote tree planting and rainforest protection in rural Uganda.

Instituto Permacultura Mozambique (IPERMO)
2010
$5,000 to establish a plant nursery capable of producing 10,000 native trees annually to be planted as a green buffer around three clustered communities in southern Mozambique whose natural resources are being threatened by urban expansion and other encroachments. A 22,000 liter water tank will also be built to capture harvested rainwater from community buildings to provide water during dry season.

Rainforest Action Network Ghana
2009
$3,000 to support a project to build the capacity of Pokuase communities in southern Ghana to help protect the imperiled Gua Koo Forest Reserve, 50 acres of intact forest that is part of a larger forest ecosystem in the region.

The Tanzania Forest Conservation Group
2002
$1,960 to support the Amani Butterfly Project, which will help ensure the preservation of the Eastern Arc Mountains, a forest region that is one of the most biologically diverse terrestrial habitats in the world, through the creation of a butterfly-farming group among forest-adjacent agricultural communities.

The Nigerian NGO Coalition for the Environment (NGOCE)
2000
$5,001 to support NGOCE's campaign to protect the Cross River rainforest, the 2nd largest intact forest in and a critical hotspot of biodiversity, through community organizing and the implementation of economic alternatives to logging and bush meat hunting, such as grasscutter, mushroom and snail farms, honey cultivation and the development of soaps and detergents from oils found in forest trees.

Citizens for Environmental Safety
1999
$1,583 to help local communities of the Cross River State with education and resource management training to help address the problem of deforestation, including establishing 30 Community Development Volunteers from 10 different communities.

1998
$5,000 to support an effort to create an alternative source of income through the cultivation of rubber trees and the sustainable management of the 247 hectare NDE community forest, which would help provide protection from illegal timber dealers.

CED
1998
$5,169 towards efforts to protect 2,500 hectares of the last remaining forests in central Cameroon, the protection of the only river providing water to Bougnougoulouk and neighboring villages, the protection of wildlife of the Bougnougoulouk forest from poachers, and the halt of the desertification process of Central Cameroon.

ABGREMO
1998
$5,017 to support ABGREMO’s campaign to protect mangroves by educating and working with local communities about the important of mangroves to the local economy and through the formation of Community Mangrove Forest Management Committees (CMMC) in pilot communities.

Society for the Renewal of Nature Conservation in Liberia
1997
$8,215 to protect a national park and the area surrounding it, encompassing a rainforest which is very special and respected by local inhabitants because of the protection it provided for Liberians hiding during the county’s civil war.


Asia

GRANTS IN ASIA

Oro Community Environmental Action Network (OCEAN)
2008
$4,000 to support community outreach, education, and organizing in the Musa Pongani area of Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, to resist new logging permit applications covering 250,000 hectares approved by the government without consultation as 99 year leases for Musa Century Landowners Company, a syndicate of Asian companies.

Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights
2007
$4,740 in support of CELCOR’s legal case against Cargill Temesek Holdings to stop a proposed palm oil mill in PNG from being pushed through without the consent of landowners.

The Borneo Project (on behalf of 3 Indigenous communities)
2006
$5,000 for 3 new community-based initiatives to protect primary forest at the headwaters of 3 rivers in Malaysian Borneo, with activities to include participatory planning, proposal development, watershed mapping training, negotiation and demarcation of 3,000+ acres that will result in customary rights for the communities and permanently protected forest.

Papua New Guinea Eco-Forestry Forum
2006
$5,000 to support PNG EFF’s efforts to challenge recent logging permits in order to save 920,000 hectares of pristine tropical rainforest from large-scale commercial logging and to establish a legal precedent to ensure all laws governing the management of forestry resources are adhered to.

Lembaga Gemawa
2006
$4,000 to support a community organizing and education campaign to counter heavy government PR around plans for massive expansion of palm oil plantations along the Indonesian/Malaysian border in Sambas District, West Kalimantan.

WALHI Jambi
2012
$5,000 to support work with 5 villages in Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia to strengthen community management systems and values and help secure control and protection for over 40,000 acres of customarily-owned “village forest” through holding a series of meetings to reach collective decisions to develop and implement 35 year management plans that consider ecological, economic and social dimensions and provide for sustainable sources of income that reflect local cultural values.

Lati Tana Adat Takaa
2012
$2,000 to help the Dayak Benuaq Indigenous Peoples of Muara Tae in Kalimantan, Indonesia to protect their customary rainforest land through the completion of participatory mapping of village areas as part of a process to secure a 4,000 hectare territorial claim, as well as advocating to stop ongoing and future encroachment by palm oil and mining companies.

WALHI Riau
2011
$4,000 to support a series of capacity building workshops with local communities in Riau Province, Indonesia to protect peatland forests through the development of low carbon livilihoods that protect biodiversity and prevent high CO2 emissions, while providing just and prosperous sources of income, as an alternative to the devastation caused by the pulp and paper industry.

Lestari Negeri
2009
$2,500 to investigate and monitor palm oil producers Duta Palma and Wilmar Group in order to document the impact of palm oil plantations on Cerenti Indigenous peoples and the rainforest of the Riau province of Indonesia, which in conjunction with technical assistance, planning and consulting with communities will support a public campaign and the filing of legal complaints aimed at stopping continued expansion of palm oil plantations.

KONTAK Rakyat Borneo
2009
$4,000 to carry out a two week field investigation in and around PT Indo Sawit Kekal, a Cargill subsidiary, to gather concrete evidence and documentation of its operations in violation of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil principles and criteria and Indonesian law, as well as establish a link between Sinar Mas plan

Elang
2006
$5,000 to support a training for local leaders and their subsequent travel to hold 2 day workshops in 50 communities in rainforest regions of Sumatra to inform them about the potential impacts from palm oil plantations, using a film (played on community karaoke systems) of testimonials from already impacted communities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqDaco8p8tU
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Sakhalin Environment Watch
2005
Asia
$4450 to support an Indigenous-led protest against Sakhalin-I and Sakhalin-II, the largest integrated oil and gas project currently under construction anywhere in the world.

Indigenous Forests Restoration Initiative
2003
$5,000 to help five traditional Indigenous communities in Sarawak, Malaysia to establish and expand simple tree and rattan nurseries to enrich forests that have been degraded by the activities of the Shin Yang logging concession over the past several decades, thereby strengthening their legal efforts to obtain land title recognition.

Telapak Indonesia
1998
$5,016 to help with maintaining a continued presence of Environmental Investigation Agency and Telapak Indonesia campaigners in both Jakarta and Central Kalimantan in order to increase pressure on national and regional authorities to investigate and track the sale of illegal timber to consuming markets, especially the United States.

Guiye Waiye Environment and Conservation Group
1997
$3,000 to support a local community effort to protect 40.5 hectares of rainforest by implementing sustainable agriculture and economic practices.

2008
$4,000 to support community outreach, education, and organizing in the Musa Pongani area of Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, to resist new logging permit applications covering 250,000 hectares approved by the government without consultation as 99 year leases for Musa Century Landowners Company, a syndicate of Asian companies.


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