A river through the rainforest

Protecting tropical forests

Tropical rainforests are the lungs of the planet and support an unimaginably rich diversity of life.

We have been working alongside local people in West Africa and Indonesia to protect these threatened landscapes for nearly 30 years.

Our work

From pygmy hippos and Western chimpanzees, to helmeted hornbills and Storm’s storks, tropical forests are home to a vast array of species and support the livelihoods of millions of people. The RSPB has been working to conserve these vital habitats for almost 30 years, by tackling the drivers of deforestation.

Together with our local and international partners, we manage 500,000 hectares of forest in a way that delivers nature conservation while supporting local people to live and work in harmony with the natural environment. The projects we are involved with also play an important role in mitigating climate change, by avoiding deforestation, and therefore preventing the release of carbon stored in forests.

Our work is focused in two main areas: the Greater Gola Landscape, which straddles Sierra Leone and Liberia, and Harapan Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Hornbill taking flight

How you can help rainforests

Whether you choose to buy forest-friendly chocolate, become a Rainforest Guardian, or take action to reduce and offset your carbon footprint, there are several ways you can help to preserve these vital habitats.

Diana Monkey climbing a tree

Eat chocolate, save a rainforest

The farming of cocoa is one of the leading causes of deforestation in West Africa, but when grown in the right way, cocoa can be a force for good. Produced in the UK by craft chocolatier Chocolarder, our chocolate bar is made using forest-friendly cocoa – and it tastes fantastic too!

Dark and milk Gola Rainforest chocolate

Support Gola rainforest with Carbon Credits

Not only will buying carbon credits from the Gola rainforest help to tackle your own carbon footprint, you’ll also be supporting forest wildlife and local communities.

Rainforest canopy from above

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Two bats flying through the canopy

Keep up to date with news from our tropical forest projects on the RSPB’s blog, follow @Golarainforest to hear the latest from Gola Rainforest National Park or visit Hutan Harapan’s website for updates on work in Indonesia.