We protect and restore tropical forests
Here are just a few examples of A Rocha’s community projects which contribute to the conservation of tropical forests.
A Rocha Peru: Restoring
dry forest in arid regions
In January 2014, A Rocha started a four-year project to restore Peruvian dry forest − one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world − and promote social development in and around a wind farm in Talara. Watch a short movie
A Rocha Ghana: saving upland rainforest from mining
Atewa Range Forest Reserve is internationally recognized as one of the highest priority ecosystems in West Africa for its wildlife diversity (e.g. over 570 butterfly species recorded) and high levels of species found nowhere else in the world. The three great rivers which rise in the forest provide five million people with water for domestic, agricultural and industrial use − it could hardly be more important! Despite its incalculable value, the forest is threatened by mining and other human activities, so A Rocha is running major awareness-raising and advocacy activities, as part of a process towards designating Atewa Forest as a National Park. Read more
A Rocha Uganda: Reducing deforestation and improving human health
Over 600 bio-sand water filters have been distributed, eliminating the need to boil water over charcoal: about 15,000 people are drinking this safe water. For every five families, 30 fewer bags of charcoal are bought each year. For 15,000 people, that’s 18,000 bags. One tree needs to be cut down to make two bags: so at least 9,000 trees are still growing, still absorbing carbon and providing wildlife habitat because of the filters. Read more
PLEASE HELP! Through ‘Gifts With a Difference’ at shop.arocha.org you could give the gift of clean water through a bio-sand water filter training course for one entrepreneur. Participants are taught how to construct the filters and successfully implement the water filter programme within their own churches and communities.
A Rocha Kenya: forest conservation through school eco-bursaries
Our field study centre is close to one of Kenya’s most wildlife-rich forests, which is vulnerable to logging and poaching. By linking secondary school bursaries to forest education with parents as well as students, we have seen attitudes change and communities commit to protecting the forest for future generations. Watch our 19 minute video ‘ASSETS: a story of hope’. Read more