As human settlements expand their reach into the Rainforest, the number of people who come in close contact with wildlife increases. This is where the lack of environmental information hurts the wildlife. Without the necessary knowledge about the importance of preserving wildlife, human activity invariably causes great damage to the living creatures of the Amazon.
Our programs are needed to combat prevailing attitudes towards wildlife. It can be argued that there is a cultural and "traditional" aspect to the exploitation of the Rainforest, but the current levels of human expansion have rendered such practices as completely unsustainable.
Our wildlife conservation programs are complemented with parallel programs focused on education and awareness, medical support for the communities and training in sustainable development activities.
Education is the key to creating a lasting change, and through awareness, we bring attention to the plight of the Rainforest!
RAREC's community education programs seek to educate the communities about the need to preserve the Rainforest, instead of destroying it. Our programs for adults include training in sustainable sources of income. We seek to turn poachers into fish farmers, and we seek to replace slash-and-burn farming practices with techniques for growing ecologically friendly crops with a high market demand.
Our programs for kids are aimed to teach the children about the value and importance of the place where they live -- the Rainforest. This is our most rewarding program, because the children are eager to learn about wildlife and the need to preserve it. We teach them that the rest of the world has their eyes on the Amazon, and that the future of the Amazon will depend on them.
RAREC also organizes awareness campaigns aimed to curb damaging environmental practices. A great number of people in the towns and cities in the Amazon keep wild pets, or consume meat from poached animals.