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EditPhoto Title:The Rainforest
EditPhoto Description:“Humans making air. That’ll be fun to watch.”
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EditImage Description:Clouds rise through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorilla
EditPhoto Credit:© Benjamin Drummond
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EditText:About ½ of Earth’s species (including humans) rely on forests.


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EditText:Tropical forests cover less than 5% of Earth’s surface.


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EditText:13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually — an area equal to the size of Portugal.
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EditHeader:Launching a Conservation Corridor in Suriname’s Tropical Forest
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      EditImage Description:Indigenous man in traditional dress, Suriname

      Tropical forests make up less than five percent of the Earth’s surface, but they support almost half its species. They are essential to humans, too: More than one billion people depend on tropical forests for their livelihoods, and indigenous people are the custodians of much of them. By storing carbon, these forests play a critical role in the planet’s resilience to climate change — research shows that protecting forests can provide 30 percent of global carbon emissions and sequestration goals. Deforestation and climate change, however, threaten these critical places.

      Conservation International marked a major achievement in March 2015 for the protection of one of the Earth’s last great tropical forests. With support from CI, Suriname’s indigenous people declared the South Suriname Conservation Corridor, safeguarding a 72,000-square-kilometer (7,800-squaremile) tract of continuous tropical forest. CI is now working with the government on legal recognition of the corridor.

      The benefits of this forest are felt far and wide: The area stores roughly 11 gigatons of carbon — about a year’s worth of global carbon emissions — and absorbs more than 8 million tons of carbon annually.

      The corridor also comprises almost all of Suriname’s watersheds, which provide 60 percent of the country’s water supply. The forests also provide medicines, food and construction material for Suriname’s indigenous people.

      Granman Ashongo Alalaparu of the Trio Tribe shares his advice: “Protect your area; protect your water; protect your land.”

      The new corridor, managed by the indigenous groups that live within it, provides economic benefits to Suriname — and to the indigenous people themselves, who are taking on jobs as rangers and park guards. It also has potential to generate income for the country as forest carbon markets develop. The Paris Agreement made it clear: Tropical forests represent at least 30 percent of the solution to keep the planet from radically overheating.

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      EditPhoto Credit:© Cristina Mittermeier
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      EditImage Alt Text:In Paramaribo, Suriname, sloths displaced by deforestation are rescued and released back into the wild with the help of Green Heritage Fund Suriname.
      EditTitle:What’s Next?
      EditText:Conservation International is convening a coalition of governments and other partners in an effort to protect a further 30 million hectares (74 million acres) of forest across the northern Amazon and the Guiana Shield. When fully realized, the initiative will provide tremendous local and global benefits for nature and for people.
      EditPhoto Credit:© Conservation International/photo by Becca Field
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        The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network is an innovative partnership between Conservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Smithsonian Institution with the goal of better understanding how tropical forests are responding to a changing climate and disturbed landscapes. TEAM monitors more than 100 vegetation plots and almost 300 species of mammals and birds across 17 protected areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Data collected from TEAM sites are analyzed and made publicly available in near real time to provide data-driven insights for protected-area managers.

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        More Stories from the 2015 Annual Report

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        EditCaption Title:The Ocean
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        EditCaption Title:The Soil
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        EditCaption Title:Our Partners
        EditCaption Description:By engaging with companies that have the biggest environmental impacts, Conservation International changing the way the world does business, demonstrating that protecting the planet is good for their bottom lines.
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        EditImage Alt Text:2015 Annual Report
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        EditTweet Text:72K square kilometer's of Earth's last great tropical forest: protected. Via @ConservationOrg -
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        EditLinkedin Title:The Rainforest: Conservation International’s 2015 Annual Report
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          Conservation International achieves long-term results through dedicated programs around the world — but we can’t do it alone. When you donate to us, more than 80% of your gift goes toward our vital conservation projects.

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