What we are doing
Together For Trees is a partnership between Tesco and the RSPB to help save rainforests all over the world, from Asia and Africa to the Caribbean.
About our campaign
Rainforests help keep the world’s climate in balance. Protecting them is vital for our children’s future and for the future of the planet. The money we raise together will help support the RSPB’s rainforest programme. The RSPB and its partners are already working in almost 240,000 hectares of the world’s most endangered rainforests – that’s the same as 330,745 Wembley-sized football pitches – but we need your help...
About our partnership
Through our corporate donations and customer involvement we know that we can help stop the destruction of the rainforests. We are also working together to help improve our supply chain operations as well as substantially supporting the RSPB’s work in Wales. View our FAQs for more information.
Together, our contributions make a real difference
The greatest threats to rainforests are logging and conversion of the land for intensive agriculture such as palm oil production. In Sumatra, the RSPB and its partners have obtained the management rights for Harapan Rainforest to allow it to be managed for conservation and restoration, rather than commercial logging – it’s the first ever licence of its kind. Harapan Rainforest is home to a variety of extraordinary animals, including the Sumatran tiger and clouded leopard.
The main causes of deforestation in lowland rainforests are illegal logging and agriculture
Over 300 local people are working on RSPB rainforest projects across the world
The RSPB and its partners help provide local people, such as those living around Gola Rainforest in West Africa, with sustainable livelihoods, schools, health clinics, and fixed water supplies – improving their standard of living and establishing them as enthusiastic caretakers of the rainforest.
Working with local communities, the RSPB and its partners establish tree nurseries, where native trees are raised from seed and then hand-planted in damaged areas. A team of researchers conduct wildlife surveys and study the plant and animal life – helping to inform all other projects.
different species live in the world’s rainforests
Look at what’s happening on the ground
From replanting native tree species to offering employment for local people in rainforest conservation, there’s lots happening right now, and it’s made possible by your donations.
Have a look through our slides below and see the people and projects in action…
Saving the Sumatran tiger
"My name’s Elva Gemita and as the biodiversity officer in Harapan Rainforest, part of my job is to look for signs of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. There are around 300 left in the world, and some of my recent surveys have shown that there could be up to 15 in this rainforest, so it’s really important they’re protected.
"By nature, tigers are very secretive and solitary, so they're not always easy to find! Part of my daily routine is to set up camera traps around the rainforest, and to also go out looking for footprints. Finding a fresh footprint is a little bit scary, but I respect the tigers and know they’ll want to avoid me too. They really are beautiful creatures."
Protecting Gola's future
"Every day presents new challenges. Just this morning we had a shotgun handed in by a forest guard. Although the poacher had run away, we’ve managed to catch 10 poachers so far, all trying to hunt our animals.
"I manage more than 100 staff and part of our job is to work together with over 140,000 people from the communities who live around the park – ensuring they have sustainable incomes. It’s hard work, but incredibly rewarding.
"One week we discovered a new species of butterfly and nine new plant species. I was also working when the field staff discovered a leopard we didn’t know existed! It really is a beautiful and amazing place and I am proud to protect it."
Singing gibbons in Harapan Rainforest
"The gibbons start singing at 5am in Harapan Rainforest. A family of them live right by the camp. In the rainy season, the rain hammers down on the tin roof all night, and then in the morning, the gibbons begin. They’re a constant reminder of why we are here.
"The first time I saw this place I was in a helicopter. Across the island of Sumatra, almost all of the lowland rainforest had gone. It had been replaced by oil palm and timber plantations – places where very little wildlife lives.
"If we hadn’t managed to persuade the Indonesian Government to allow us to obtain a licence for the purpose of ecosystem restoration, then Harapan would be gone by now. Today, we’re working with the indigenous Bathin Sembilan people who live in and around the forest to plant seedlings and restore the forest to full health, which is good news for all of us."
Fruit farming in Uganda
Echuya Forest in Uganda lies in the shadow of the Virunga volcanoes, on the border with Rwanda. With its in-country partner Nature Uganda, the RSPB has been working with local communities and the National Forestry Authority to protect the forest for eight years. One way has been to provide people with alternatives to over-harvesting forest resources, such as fuel wood and bamboo.
Eldad Bakeringere, a local Bachiga villager, has changed from being an illegal bamboo harvester to growing passion fruit vines. “The money from passion fruit has changed my life,” he says enthusiastically. “I have paid school fees for my children, bought a tin roof for my hut, and bring regular food to the table for my family.”
Changes to individuals’ lives and practices like this will ultimately ensure the long-term survival of the forest and its remarkable, unique wildlife, for the benefit of current and future generations.
Tree nurseries in Sumatra
"At the moment we are working flat out to restore the forest. We have created seven nurseries – four of them in collaboration with local communities. The villagers collect seeds from the forest, grow them until they are ready to plant, and we pay them for the seedlings.
"Together, the seven nurseries can produce almost two million seedlings a year. That is enough to replant about 2,000 hectares of natural forest – which equates to nearly 5,500 football pitches!
"We plant the seedlings at the beginning of the rainy season and they grow really quickly – some reaching two metres in a year. Producing lots of quick-growing seedlings is a great way to help restore this damaged forest."
Gola Rainforest: Sierra Leone's green jewel
"The West Africans call Gola Rainforest 'the green jewel in Sierra Leone's crown.'
"A hundred years ago most of this part of West Africa was covered in forest – containing wildlife found nowhere else on earth, such as the pygmy hippo. But most of this has now gone, and Gola Rainforest (roughly twice the size of the Isle of Wight) is the largest remnant in West Africa, and the only hope for many of these species and the people whose lives depend on the forest.
"We work at Gola Rainforest with local people and the government to protect it and its wildlife from illegal loggers, poachers and the companies who seek to mine this area. But it's not only about the wildlife. The local villagers depend on the forest but have few chances to improve their lives, so we work together and have helped them to understand the value of the forest, as well as building schools and health centres. By working together we are saving one of the most amazing habitats on earth."
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