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2011 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

OUR MISSION The mission of Rainforest Trust is to purchase and protect threatened tropical forests and save endangered wildlife through community engagement and local partnerships.

ABOUT RAINFOREST TRUST Rainforest Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1988 to save rainforests that are critical for preventing imminent species extinctions. Celebrating 24 years of lasting conservation actions, we are proud to have saved over 7 million acres of endangered habitats in 17 countries and 67 sites thanks to supporters like you. As always, 100% of your designated gifts support direct conservation action and our efficiency is consistently awarded the highest 4-star rating by Charity Navigator.

CONTENT A Message from the CEO 3 Las Tangaras Reserve, Colombia 5 Emerald Green Corridor, Argentina 5 MatsĂŠs Communal Reserve, Peru 6 El Dorado Reserve, Colombia 6 Supporter Spotlight 8 Partner Spotlight 9 Foundation Gifts 10 Rainforest Trust Leadership 12 Financial Summary 12

A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO From Argentina to Colombia, Rainforest Trust’s conservation victories stretched across South America in 2012. The nine sites we protected, covering 162,875 acres, are some of the most bio-diverse in the Americas, if not the world. They are also some of the most threatened. All of our sites, from the massive 148,410-acre parcel we protected in the Peruvian Amazon to the 39-acre property we added to Ecuador’s Ayampe reserve, share an immediate need for protection. This urgency is the driving force behind our work at Rainforest Trust, and pushes us forward each day. Of course, none of our work would be possible without the generous support of our donors. Spurred by a passion for conservation, and committed to protecting wildlife, our donors allow us to pursue our mission of protecting the world’s tropical biodiversity. We have employed a uniquely effective conservation model for the last 25 years, which has proved successful countless times. By engaging communities and forming local partnerships we have succeeded in saving over 7 million acres. And the cost-effective way in which we have done so has earned us the coveted Four Star Charity Award from Charity Navigator multiple times. Realizing our conservation aspirations on the ground is no easy task. That is why we partner with some of the most respected environmental non-profits in Latin America. Our dedicated partners bring decades of experience and leadership to the work they do, a fact that is reflected in the high levels of success they enjoy in the field. The expertly-planned reserves we create with our partners are strongholds of biodiversity; they provide critical habitat to threatened species allowing them the chance to recover and rebound. I hope you will take a moment to look through our annual report and learn about the amazing things our donors have made possible. Thank you for your continued commitment to Rainforest Trust in 2012.

Dr. Paul Salaman Chief Executive Officer


Saving Real Acres in Real Places



Las Tangaras: New Reserve Blocks Major Road Expansion The Chocó Rainforest in Colombia supports one of the highest levels of endemic biodiversity in the world- and is perhaps the least studied rainforest on earth. Unfortunately, this region is poorly protected and lacks colonization controls, which has led to an urgent need for immediate conservation. Rainforest Trust addressed this challenge in 2012 by supporting creation of the 7,076-acre Las Tangaras Reserve through the efforts of its Colombia partner ProAves. Not only does the reserve create a much-needed sanctuary for the Chocó’s many threatened species, but it also consolidates a major wildlife corridor and halts encroachment into 398,000 acres of neighboring wilderness that contain several isolated indigenous communities. The reserve also protects the Rio Atrato watershed, which serves as a vital economic resource for tens of thousands of inhabitants living in poor rural communities. The astonishing wildlife found in the reserve includes Spectacled bears, pumas, jaguars, as well as over 250 different birds species, including the endangered Chocó Vireo and Gold-ringed Tanager. Las Tangaras may hold the key to survival for undiscovered species, as well. Limited scientific excursions have produced remarkable results, including the discovery of new amphibian species.

Emerald Green Corridor: Connecting Parks, Protecting Wildlife The Atlantic Rainforest, which once stretched unbroken from Brazil to Argentina, is today one of the most critically endangered eco-regions in the world, with only 7% of its original rainforest remaining. At its southern end lies the Misiones Region of Argentina, which host a unique mix of forest types providing habitat for many endangered and endemic plant and animal species, including marmosets, lion tamarins, and araucaria trees. Working with World Land Trust and our Argentinian partner, Fundación Frontera Verde, Rainforest Trust protected 9,795 acres of the most valuable forests in Misiones in 2012. Known as the Emerald Green Corridor, this area holds the key to successful wildlife migrations by connecting three parks, and greatly enhancing the conservation value of pre-existing protected areas. Protection of the Misiones rainforest is critical as it contains one of the largest intact pieces of the Atlantic Rainforest. In fact, one fifth of the entire remaining Atlantic Rainforest is found in Misiones, and the Emerald Green Corridor, along with the parks it connects, occupy 80% of the undisturbed rainforest left in the region. Now protected, this area is free from threats of logging and cattle ranching that have damaged much of the surrounding landscape. 2012 ANNUAL REPORT 5

Matsés Communal Reserve: Large-scale Success in the Amazon Rainforest Trust, working with the Blue Moon Foundation, supported its Peruvian partner, CEDIA, to save an additional 148,410 acres by expanding the Matsés Communal Reserve. This expansion bring the total acres protected in the Matsés complex to over 2.3 million acres, and will provide a new sanctuary for threatened wildlife, as well as a home for the indigenous Matsés people. The expanded area protects habitat for a diversity of mammals, birds, amphibians. Among the mammals represented are: jaguars, Lowland tapirs, Giant otters, manatees, and Red Uakari monkeys. Using digital mapping technology, CEDIA identified two tracts totaling 148,410 acres in the headwaters of the Río Chobayacu and Alto Yaquerana that were unprotected and under imminent threat of destruction; in fact, gas and oil exploration permits had already been issued to a Canadian company for the area. Armed with the management plan, maps, and the support of the indigenous communities, CEDIA successfully lobbied the Peruvian government to reassign the area to the Matsés Communal Reserve. With additional support from Rainforest Trust, CEDIA also collaborated with the Matsés community to establish an eco-tourism initiative, which has aptly been advertised as “an Alter-NATIVE experience.” With our backing, indigenous communities have also designed and implemented a surveillance system, equipped with strategic checkpoints, to prevent illegal logging in the Matsés Communal Reserve.

El Dorado : Major Expansion for Colombian Hotpsot Located in northern Colombia, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains rises from the Caribbean Ocean to 18,700 feet and include landscapes ranging from tropical to artic. As a result, the Santa Marta Range is home to the world’s highest level of avian endemism, as well as the planet’s highest concentrations of threatened birds, amphibians and plants. The unparalleled biodiversity of the Santa Marta Mountains has yet to be adequately protected, and only 15% of the range’s original vegetation remains intact following decades of uncontrolled colonization and agricultural expansion. One of these areas, perhaps the most important unprotected area in the entire mountain range, was bought and protected by Rainforest Trust in 2012. This 604-acre site, known locally as “La Cumbre” was identified by our Colombian partner, ProAves, as in need of immediate protection. Not only does it contain an important concentration of Santa Marta Wax Palms, the largest known breeding population of Santa Marta Parakeets, habitat for the Santa Marta Toro, this unique area is also home to the critically endangered San Lorenzo Harlequin Frog, with sightings almost exclusively restricted to the property. With support from Rainforest Trust, ProAves intervened and purchased the property creating a permanent sanctuary while averting almost certain deforestation. 6



SUPPORTER SPOTLIGHT Brett Byers has been a committed supporter of Rainforest Trust for nearly half a decade. We asked him to share his passion for supporting conservation and explain why he supports Rainforest Trust.

“I learned about Rainforest Trust about four or five years ago, when I received an appeal for the Las Tangaras project in Colombia. I was really interested in getting involved with an organization that would allow me to donate and have a real impact. I’m happy to support an organization that I can donate to knowing that Dr. Salaman and the Rainforest Trust staff are overseeing the work to make sure that it’s done in the most efficient way. It’s also reassuring to know that Rainforest Trust projects are followed up on and there are long-term conservation efforts and plans to protect these areas into the future. I also like how Rainforest Trust raises money for very specific projects. As a donor, I know that my impact is being felt because I can see that my contribution is protecting definite acres. Rainforest Trust has low overhead, and the great majority of donations go directly to the field. And, of course, Rainforest Trust works with local groups within each country that are devoted to the work they do. Personally, I want to focus where I can make a difference and I feel like I can do so with Rainforest Trust because of the detailed projects they undertake to protect specific rainforest acres. I know exactly what I accomplished and I get to interact with people at Rainforest Trust that have the detailed, operational knowledge in a way that would be unlikely with large environmental NGOs.”

“I want to focus where I can make a difference and I feel like I can do so with Rainforest Trust because of the detailed projects they undertake to protect specific rainforest acres.” 8



Since its creation over 30 years ago, CEDIA (Center for the Development of an Indigenous Amazon) has been protecting large areas of the Peruvian Amazon. During the course of the last 19 years, Rainforest Trust has worked with CEDIA to create seven protected areas and indigenous reserves totaling over five million acres. CEDIA works in both courts and communities to ensure conservation success. Earlier this year, CEDIA achieved a monumental legal victory when it oversaw the annulment of a logging concession along the Tigre River in the Loreto Region. This historic decision invalidated a flawed logging contract by acknowledging the rights of local indigenous communities. The case set a new precedent in Peru, paving the way for future successes by conservationists and indigenous groups. Founded in 1982 by Lelis Rivera, CEDIA was one of the first Peruvian conservation organizations to work in the Amazon and pioneered conservation in this largely unprotected part of the country. During the course of his career, Rivera has amassed extensive knowledge of the region’s rivers, forests, and native communities; as Executive Director of CEDIA, he is regarded as one of Peru’s most accomplished conservationists. By maintaining a solid relationship with Peru’s government over the last 30 years, CEDIA has protected more than 15 million acres of Amazon rainforest through the creation of national parks, sanctuaries, indigenous reserves, and community land-titling.


We would like to extend our thanks to all supporters that helped us make 2012 a successful year for tropical conservation.



FOUNDATION GIFTS January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012

Beneficia Foundation Bernard W. Abrams Family Foundation Blue Moon Foundation The Butler Foundation Carl E. Kessler Family Foundation Donus Ponus Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia The Firefly Trust George W. Merck Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation The Grace Jones Richardson Trust Halperin Foundation Joseph R. Takats Foundation The June Foundation The Leo Model Foundation March Foundation Marshall-Reynolds Foundation Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Nina Abrams Fund Peery Foundation Razoo Foundation The RJM Foundation The Tess Evans Charitable Foundation Thomas H. Wilson and Family Foundation Wallace Genetic Foundation Weeden Foundation The Wolf Creek Charitable Foundation

John Mitchell, Chair New York Botanical Garden

Dr. Paul Salaman Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Gerard Bertand, Vice Chair Permian Global

Dr. Robert Ridgley Honorary President



rainforest trust leadership Sally F. Davidson, Treasurer Clyde’s Restaurant Group

Malissa Cadwallader Development Director

Dr. Wayt Thomas, Secretary New York Botanical Garden

Amanda Chester Development Assistant

Robert Giles EcoTours Melissa Trotter Independent Contractor Nancy L. Weiss, M.D. Surgeon

Joe Lowe Communications Director Patricia Munoz-Chernitsky Finance Manager Jaclyn Sharratt-Smith Communications Manager

financial summary Rainforest Trust consistently gets the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator for nonprofit fiscal responsiblity. Below is the fiscal year ending on December 31, 2012. INCOME SUMMARY Campaign Income Other income Contributions- Foundations Contributions- Organizations Contribuations- Individal Total Income

EXPENDITURES SUMMARY Administration/Fundraising Conservation Programs Total Expenditures

2012 $44,317 $5,213 $681,854 $77,064 $1,182,928 $1,991,377

2012 $193,975 $1,161,121 $1,355,096

Complete financial reports are available upon request. Rainforest Trust is a designated 501(c)3; EIN # 13-3500609.

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