Our mission is to keep forest standing. Forest Fund is an online philanthropic platform that allows individuals and organizations to select a legally deforestable hectare and conserve it with an opportunity-cost payment to the landowner, much like paying them rent. Conservation buyers on our platform will receive monthly updated satellite images of "their" hectare(s) to confirm that the landowner is holding up their side of the deal. Rural producers will only receive their opportunity cost payment after proving that no forest has been cleared on their property. If any deforestation is detected, Forest Fund will report the landowner to environmental authorities and cease payments immediately.
Three factors now make this possible: the internet's ability to connect people and places around the world, advances in satellite imagery, and the georeferencing of all rural properties in Brazil. Crowdfunding continues to grow as a powerful agent of change. We are creating a channel for forest conservation that gives that kind of agency to a growing base of planet-conscientious individuals and organizations.
Our project begins in Juina, Brazil, a small municipality at the forefront of deforestation. Read more at: http://www.forestfund.co/
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