Gifts need to give back. That was our primary thought in the summer of 2018 when we announced a new partnership between Gift Baskets Overseas and Rainforest Trust; a US-based non for profit environmental organization with a focus on the purchase and protection of tropical lands to strategically conserve threatened species. Now, at the beginning of 2020, we are taking the time to analyze the results of this project and make some plans for the following months to make it even more meaningful!
So, what does that work look like and how does Gift Baskets Overseas take part in it?
This is how Rainforest Trust tells their story on their website:
In 1988, three visionary conservationists had a bold plan: to purchase and protect threatened rainforests and save endangered wildlife through community engagement and local partnerships.
Using donations from their sponsors, Rainforest Trust’s local partners purchase land and convert it into private nature reserves, or establish protected areas through land designations, creating national parks and public reserves, or through securing community managed areas, often occupied by indigenous groups who depend on the land for their survival.
Protected areas are the most effective strategy for preventing habitat loss and saving species. During Gift Baskets Overseas’ partnership with Rainforest Trust, we were extremely happy to know that they were able to protect the critically endangered Amathole Toad!
According to its Chief Philanthropy Officer Leslie VanSant, in 2019, Rainforest Trust protected over 3 million acres of tropical rain forest from the Amazon to Indonesia to the Congo on 4 different continents. This is all thanks to the help of their sponsors, and is an effort that has helped save numerous species and fight climate change. (You can learn more about different conservation and educational projects from our interview with Rainforest Trust’s representative)
Specifically, the achievements this past year include:
- Establishing the 209-acre Las Balsas Communal Reserve in Ecuador to protect key roosting sites for the Lilacine Amazon, a parrot native to Ecuador that is close to extinction.
- Securing the Nakanacagi Cave Reserve, which encompasses the entire cave system for the only known maternity colony of Fijian Free-tailed Bats in the world.
- Creating the first Marine Protected Area in Bangladesh, spanning 1,222 miles of water habitat.
- Expanding the Narupa Reserve and Bigal River Biological Reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon, protecting crucial rainforest habitats.
In order to help this noble charity to do their work, we created a special program that contributes 10% of the retail sale price of selected items to Rainforest Trust (you can find a full list of items participating in this project here).
We picked gift baskets with potted flowers, organic fruits, healthy snacks, and vitamins for your convenience. By sending them to your loved ones, friends, or colleagues abroad, you take part in rain forest conservation. Further, you help ensure minimization of transportation miles and thus reduction of the carbon footprint; all made possible because of Gift Baskets Overseas’ green operational model which supports local business in the country of delivery.
This year, we commit to continue supporting this amazing charity, and encourage you to join us!
Visit Rainforest Trust website to learn more about their programs and initiatives.
Are you ready to become a part of Gift Baskets Overseas and Rainforest Trust’s partnership?
- Visit our Gifts to Save our Planet page.
- Select the best gift to send to your loved ones.
- 10% of your purchase will be donated to support Rainforest Trust global projects!
Share the love with your friends, loved ones, or business associates worldwide: send one of the gifts today!