P.O. Box 49268
Niyanta Spelman, Maurine Winkley, Maurine Winkley (operates as independent contractor)
John Doggett, Hazel Barbour, Toby Tiktinsky, Burghard Petersen, Anthony Dasari, Francisco Boza, Charlotte Streck, Niyanta Spelman, Maurine Winkley, Lindsey Engelman, Hallie Brant, Maurine Winkley (operates as independent contractor)
Rainforest Partnership's mission is to partner with people living in and around tropical rainforests to develop environmentally sustainable economies so that their forests can be protected and regenerate.
We work with communities that want an alternative to deforestation. By enabling communities to have an active role in project design and implementation and by using market-based approaches we collaboratively prevent deforestation and foster economic development. To reach this goal, we have partnered with three communities in two countries to work on four projects. In Sani Isla, Ecuador, our team works with women to create and market handicrafts using seeds and other non-timber forest products. This alternative income stream promotes the recovery of native species of the forest. In the Colibri Cloudforest in Peru, we are working with the community to develop an infrastructure to support and market ecotourism. In Chipaota, Peru, our team works on two projects. First, we helped create a management plan to counter unsustainable harvesting practices that had led to the disappearance of a native palm. Now, the community is harvesting the palm in a sustainable way, and using the palm fibers to produce brooms which are sold around the region. Also in this community, we are working with the women to create handicrafts and utensils from non-timber products, using indigenous methods. These projects allow the community to sustainably - both ecologically and economically - earn an income while protecting their forest for the future.