Profiles in Perseverance: Peace Forest Communities

The Peace Forest Corridor: The Path to the Future

We are so proud of our partner organization, Vie Sauvage, for winning the UN's 2020 Equator Prize. The effect of Vie Sauvage's incredible work extends beyond the borders of the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. The success of their integrated, holistic approach has inspired neighboring communities to launch their own conservation initiatives.

Indigenous engagement in conservation is critical to saving our planet. According to leading experts, we have one decade to turn climate change around. To meet climate targets, we need to protect 30% of the planet by 2030 and 50% by 2050. Rainforests are at the top of the list, thanks to their role in carbon sequestration. 80% of the world's remaining biodiversity is found within Indigenous lands, and it has been proven that Indigenous peoples are the best caretakers of these vital regions.

Within the Bonobo Peace Forest, local residents are leading the charge to protect the Congo rainforest, the second largest on Earth. The developing sites connect with existing reserves, creating a massive, continuous area of protected rainforest. These proposed reserves also link critical habitat corridors, meaning that bonobos and other wildlife can roam freely throughout their range, a huge boon to their survival.

Local conservationists in the Peace Forest have continued to forge ahead, largely on a volunteer basis, as we continue to seek funding for these vital sites. Their dedication is a shining example of the power and promise of community-based leadership. Please support these incredible leaders and their lifesaving work today!