SXSW is proud to announce its continuing support of Rainforest Partnership and their instrumental work in protecting our tropical rain forests. Rainforest Partnership is an international non-profit social enterprise with Austin roots and global reach.
By partnering with rainforest communities in Latin America, Rainforest Partnership has become a leader in developing sustainable economic alternatives to deforestation. Rainforest Partnership works closely with indigenous communities to develop sustainable income-generating activities, making it more profitable for them to leave the forest standing.
To date Rainforest Partnership has created sustainable income sources in Ecuador and Peru based on ecotourism and artisan products. Most recently, Rainforest Partnership’s work with women artisans in Sani Isla, Ecuador has empowered them to create a business and have a voice in protecting their indigenous owned land against destructive petroleum extraction.
In addition to Films for the Forest, which is part of the SXSW Film Community Screenings, Rainforest Partnership plays an advisory role for SXSW Eco. Help us help rainforest communities protect their forests. What happens there affects us all everywhere.