Five Ways to Support Rainforest Conservation

How can we protect these vital ecosystems?


By Amelia Cavanaugh

Imagine a planet where the vibrant tapestries of rainforests no longer exist. These ecosystems, bursting with life and color, are fundamental to the health of our planet. Despite their importance, rainforests face severe threats due to climate change and rampant deforestation from unsustainable logging, agriculture, and mining practices.



Why Rainforest Conservation Matters

Rainforests not only host a wide variety of plant and animal species but also play a crucial role in regulating climate, supporting local communities, and preserving global biodiversity. Rainforests also provide vital ecosystem services. They help regulate climate patterns, maintain soil fertility, and sustain local communities that depend on rainforests for their livelihoods.

It's essential to stay optimistic as we face environmental challenges. While systemic solutions are necessary, our individual actions can make a significant difference in supporting rainforest conservation. So, how can we step up and protect rainforests before it's too late? 



Five Ways to Support Rainforest Conservation

Supporting rainforest conservation is crucial for preserving biodiversity and combating climate change on a global scale. Here are five ways you can contribute to preserving these ecosystems.   

Support rainforest conservation through donations and fundraising efforts: Donating to rainforest conservation organizations and participating in online fundraising campaigns amplifies worldwide efforts without leaving home.

Help protect rainforests by sharing your skills remotely: Various non-profit organizations offer remote volunteer opportunities that allow you to contribute your skills and expertise from anywhere in the world.

Practice conscious consumption: As consumers, our everyday choices can impact global ecosystems. Consider the origin and journey of your purchases and whether they are produced with rigorous environmental, social, and economic standards.

Join forces with community rainforest conservation projects: Connect with environmental organizations that focus on rainforest conservation. You can help safeguard these important ecosystems by volunteering, attending events, or advocating for policies. 

Amplify rainforest conservation efforts through social media: Use your online presence to raise awareness and advocate for rainforest conservation. Sharing educational content can inspire others to join the cause. 




Ways to Support Rainforest Conservation Through Hands-On Volunteering

Earthwatch has been leveraging volunteers for positive environmental impact since 1971. Our research expeditions contribute data that influence environmental policies, achieve conservation milestones, and make groundbreaking discoveries. A handful of Earthwatch expeditions include reforestation or rainforest conservation components. Our expeditions in Costa Rica and Brazil are just two examples of how we leverage volunteer participation to amplify rainforest conservation.


Our Rainforest Revival expedition takes place in the Osa Peninsula, acclaimed as "the most biologically intense place on Earth" and home to at least half of Costa Rica's species. This expedition aims to study methods for restoring functional forests in the face of deforestation and habitat degradation. This is crucial, as only 40% of tropical forests have sufficient connections for wildlife to relocate in response to climate change.


Learn More About Rainforest Revival in Costa Rica


The strawberry poison dart frog (Oophaga pumilio) is also known as the blue jeans poison dart frog.
A woman sitting on the ground looking up in to the Costa Rican rainforest foliage.
A woman is examining a beetle slide under a microscope outdoors in the rainforest.



Dr. Manoel Muanis leads this expedition at the Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu within Brazil's Atlantic Forest. Though it is Brazil's second-largest rainforest, today it stands at just 10% of its original size. This forest plays an important role in the environment and the economy. However, deforestation and climate change pose threats to its survival. While the Brazilian government and other organizations are involved in reforestation efforts, more research is needed to restore the forest effectively. Earthwatch volunteers can directly contribute to reforestation efforts by joining our expedition in Brazil.


Learn More About Wildlife and Reforestation in Brazil


A woman carries a tree seedling, as Dr. Muanis plants tree seedlings in the background (C) Ashley Junger
Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu (REGUA) is in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica), not far from Rio de Janeiro (C) Stan Rullman
Volunteers work with Dr. Muanis to measure a small mammal and record the data.


Every data point collected during these expeditions fuels scientific breakthroughs, informs management strategies, and drives global conservation initiatives. Since Earthwatch’s inception in 1971, we have built a dedicated community of over 200,000 volunteers who have visited more than 130 countries. 

Your actions can significantly impact the world around you, whether you make small changes in your daily routine or embark on a conservation adventure. Earthwatch expeditions offer a unique opportunity to contribute to vital research and help protect rainforests worldwide. Are you ready for your next meaningful adventure?


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