The Rainforest Information Centre is a grassroots, volunteer-based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of the Earth's remaining rainforests, in partnership with Indigenous and local communities who depend on them.
Over four decades we have coordinated campaigns, supported frontline activists and helped communities to build sustainable alternatives to rainforest destruction, in Australia and all over the world.
Read on for news updates and more information about our current campaigns and projects ...
A win for Los Cedros!
2021 ended on a high note when Ecuador's Constitutional Court decided in favour of protection for the Los Cedros Biological Reserve - a spectacular tropical cloud forest in the country's Chocó biodiversity region, of which only remnants are left.
Seven of nine judges voted to revoke the environmental license of mining companies Cornerstone Capital Resources and ENAMI, forcing them to cease operations within the reserve.
The Rainforest Information Centre founded Los Cedros in 1989. Over the decades since, RIC has supported manager Jose deCoux and a diverse local and international team of staff, volunteers and scientists to keep this irreplaceable forest and its myriad species safe from logging, poaching ... and now mining.
Brown-headed spider monkey - one of the critically endangered species saved by the Los Cedros ruling
The Constitutional Court ruling was a world first precedent for forests under threat of major extractive industries. It upholds Ecuador's unique Rights of Nature constitutional laws, as well as protecting four major waterways and the rights of local communities to a clean and safe environment.
The win would not have been possible without the hundreds of people who donated to help us cover the extensive legal fees for the case, and support the reserve's dedicated local team in securing its future.
Visit our campaign page for more about Los Cedros and the implications of the ruling ...
Pristimantis dissilution, an endangered species of the forests of Intag, northwest Ecuador
Ecuador Endangered Campaign
For just over four years, the Rainforest Information Centre has been supporting rural and Indigenous communities to resist grand-scale copper and gold mining in some of the world's most biodiverse tropical ecosystems.
Close to Los Cedros, the Intag Valley and surrounding cloud forests are part of a global biodiversity hotspot, with hundreds of endemic and endangered species.
But the region is covered in mining concessions - several of them owned by Australian companies including BHP, SolGold and Hancock Prospecting (Hanrine).
In 2022 we are continuing to support community resistance against the destructive activities of these mining companies - including three important legal cases.
100% of funds support frontline communities in Ecuador with campaigning, scientific research, legal funds and community organising to protect their lands, forests and livelihoods
RIC has helped with funds for several regional community assemblies over the past three years, gathering thousands of people to resist mining companies like BHP who are trying to set up in mega-diverse protected forests and rural lands. Photo supplied by Carlos Zorilla.
India has lost over 40% of its remaining diverse forest cover in the last 100 years. In 2009, India ranked 10th worldwide in the amount of annual forest loss. Indian forest loss has been driven primarily by agriculture, commercial logging, and mining. Indigenous and subsistence communities who were traditionally dependent on forests for food and firewood are increasingly struggling to survive.
The Rainforest Information Centre has worked with local partners in India for over 3 decades to empower local communities through work in reforestation, nursery cultivation, food harvesting and preservation of tradition plant medicine knowledge.
RIC currently supports four projects addressing ecological, economic and social goals. The two focus projects are the moment are ...
Katkari Native Nursery, Maharashta
The Adivasi Native Forest Nursery provides support to one of India's poorest indigenous communities, the Katkari people. Last year RIC provided funds to rebuild the nursery and buy 2,000 new seedlings after a horrific year of natural disasters and Covid caused the project to shut down for a number of months.
In 1988 the Rainforest Information Centre was invited to support the restoration of the forest on the sacred mountain Arunachala and a local movement began to support the ambitious task. The Rainforest Information Centre has provided funding for the past 25 years to plant and nurture trees from a selection of more than 70 indigenous species. Visit this page for more information and to support this project!
RIC is working with local environmental groups and communities in Northern NSW to continue to resist the deplorable logging of old-growth forests and some of the last remaining habitats for endangered species such as Koalas.
Our NSW campaign updates page is here
To help stop logging in these precious areas, donate here!
The Rainforest Information Centre has been a central link in the radical environmental moment for nearly four decades. It was born out of the successful struggle to save the sub-tropical rainforests of New South Wales, Australia (now a World Heritage Area) in 1979-to 1981.
His initial experiences to save rainforests, beginning at Terania Creek, inspired John Seed to establish and lead the organisation in its participation in the struggles to save the temperate rainforests of Tasmania in 1982 (Franklin River Blockade) and the tropical rainforests of Far North Queensland in 1983-84 (Daintree Blockade).
Visit here for more about John, his far-reaching work, books, interviews, and upcoming events.
RIC is proud to be collaborating with and supporting like-minded organisations and projects in Australia and internationally.
These include ...
North East Forest Alliance action. Photo provided by Susie Russell