Frontline and Indigenous Communities are Forest Defenders

Indigenous and local communities have been successfully protecting and managing their lands since time immemorial. But local and national governments –– not to mention corporations –– fail to recognize their land rights. Research shows that upholding Indigenous land rights is one of the most effective ways of stopping deforestation.

Follow the Lead of Frontline Communities

For over 35 years, we’ve fought to preserve forests, protect the climate, and uphold human rights. Fighting against systemic injustice and partnering with Indigenous and frontline communities have been core values at RAN since our founding in 1985, because we believe that only if human rights and Indigenous rights are respected will we be able to keep forests standing and protect our climate.

RSPO Dispatch: Oil palm is not development

The RSPO is the world’s largest annual meeting of oil palm industry, environmentalists, human rights advocates, and, most importantly, community members. Today, I watched as a community member from Borneo…