Most of the Earth’s biodiversity is housed in tropical forests. Whether wet or dry, seasonally flooded or permanently swampy, in huge tracts or in remnant patches, a vast proportion of Earth’s species are housed in these vital forests.
Tragically, this ecosystem is also one of the most undervalued. The most common land type around the tropics is not intact forest, but degraded pastures and scrub resulting from slash and burn agriculture. Tropical forests have thin soils that are quickly depleted of nutrients, and are unproductive for agriculture after only a few years of farming. For that reason, former rain forest is often written off as wasteland, unable to return to its former state, and abandoned by both conservationists and the local communities that depend on them.
The Phoenix Conservancy is pursuing tropical forest restoration in the Neotropics, Madagascar, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia. Through partnerships with local conservation groups and communities, we return this degraded land into regenerating rainforest, for the benefit of the people who depend on it, locally and around the world.