Rainforest Foundation Norway - a member organization of PWYP Norway

Rainforest Foundation's work in the North: Rainforest Foundation undergoes each year the Government Pension Fund's investments to identify investments that contribute to rainforest destruction. In the 2013-portfolio, we found 130 billion: Norway invests thus 43 times more in industries that destroy rainforests, than we use to save the rain forest from the aid budget. The picture shows how it looks when rainforests are cut down. Those responsible are too often funded by the Norwegian investor funds. The central bank of Norway has recently asked the Rainforest Fund for assistance to avoid investments that could contribute to rainforest destruction.

1. What does Rainforest Foundation Norway work with?

Rainforest Foundation collaborates with local communities and organizations fighting to preserve the forest and its astonishing diversity of animal and plant life. We work together to ensure that the local communities get the rights they need to the forest and the natural resources, which is their livelihood. We work to stop logging and plantation- or production companies that demolish the rainforest and investors who finance the destruction.

2. Why did Rainforest Foundation Norway choose to become a member organization of PWYP Norway?

Rainforest Foundation is affiliated with PWYP Norway because transparency in financial transactions and investments are an important tool in the fight to stop the destructive logging, mining and trading of resources obtained illegally from rainforests.

3. What is the added value of PWYP Norway for the Norwegian civil society?

PWYP Norway forces Norwegian organizations' expertise and impact. Because the transparency of financial transactions is a key issue in many fields of international environment and development policy, it is resource-efficient to work together in a targeted network.

Rainforest Foundation's work in the south: By using GPS the locals in Congo can make local maps that can be used to secure their land rights. Much of Congo's rainforest is still untouched, but the government is trying to divide the country into different zones for the protection and commercial use. For communities, it is important to document traditional rights, and extensive experience with sustainable use of the rainforest. Rainforest Foundation supports the work.