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How does my sponsorship help the conservation effort and what do I actually receive for my sponsorship fee?

To begin with, there’s the knowledge that you’re making a difference in the fight against global warming by joining one of the most comprehensive and innovative rainforest conservation programs. Then there’s the assurance of knowing that the rainforest land mangrove tree preserved in your name under the RainTrust Conservation Agreement is protected for a minimum e of 25 years while guided by the applicable laws of every domicile we work in and adhering to the strict international standards of conservation, preservation, and sustainable land use.

Your sponsorship fee is used for a variety of environmentally sustainable purposes that are designed to protect the rainforest and its people. By creating and supporting environmentally-friendly businesses, proceeds from the sponsorship of every square foot will help protect your reserve, secure additional rainforest lands, and to reclaim deforested land. RainTrust is currently saving millions of acres of precious rainforest and has associations with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments.

Initially, all sponsored mangrove trees sold in the US will be located in one of RainTrust’s nature reserves in Myanmar. Each reserve will have its own specified GPS coordinates. You can even visit your reserve in person via our RainTrust Eco-Tours.

In addition you will also receive a beautiful, downloadable, Certificate of Participation and Aerial Grid Wall Plaque of the reserve, along with many other exclusive RainTrustee benefits, discounts, and bonuses, including 1 additional acre just for visiting your reserve.

When you sponsor a reserve and become a RainTrustee you are also joining one of the most cutting edge and innovative on-line eco-communities with the RainTrust Global Net. Here you can access our proprietary technology that was especially designed to bring the viewer directly into the wonders of the rainforest by zooming in through real time satellite imagery – even from your cell phone! You can also chat in 16 instantly translated languages to your newfound family from around the world – sharing in the inspiration.

Why is RainTrust LLC a for-profit company instead of a not-for-profit?

RainTrust Eco-Nomics: It is only through our unique combination of the best of the free enterprise system with the highest goals and values of an philanthropic organization that RainTrust is able to create a landmark “Eco-Nomic” model of economic and ecological sustainability – allowing us to thrive as a dynamic and agile organization, able to transcend otherwise rigid structures.

In order to fulfill our mission of protecting the rainforest reserves, we believe that having a direct connection with the power of the global marketplace can only be achieved by operating as a for-profit company. By utilizing a powerful marketing vehicle, harnessing the power of the global marketplace and then leveraging this power across all levels and strata we generate a return on the initial investment that is then reinvested into the projects, significantly increasing the cycle of success and thereby creating a Ripple Effect.

This RainTrust Ripple Effect significantly multiplies the positive effects of your sponsorship. Rather than you giving a ‘one time donation’ that loses value along the chain, our model significantly increases the value with your contribution acting as a catalyst, setting into motion a series of environmentally-sustainable and socially-responsible projects and programs to preserve the biodiversity, reclaim deforested lands, and support the entrepreneurial spirit of the people of the rainforest.

Non-profits, specifically NGO’s and charitable organizations, have traditionally not been able to provide the kind of business development expertise and worldwide marketing efforts required to take on a challenge of this size and scope. However, as a socially responsible company, RainTrust’s primary goals are far more altruistic and philanthropic than a typical business.

Not for Profits are Not in the Business of Business and in order to thrive in the global marketplace we have to be able excel at doing business.

How much of my sponsorship fee actually goes to the rainforest? Where does the money go?

RainTrust’s Eco-Nomic model is actually designed to MULTIPLY the potential positive effects of every sponsorship fee it receives, by investing (and reinvesting) the proceeds from every sponsored reserve into environmentally sustainable enterprises. We call this the RainTrust Ripple Effect. 40% goes into land conservation agreements, 30% goes into sustainable business agendas, 20% covers Administration and 10% goes to the RainTrust Foundation.

So it’s not matter of what percentage of your sponsorship fee goes to protecting the rainforest, it’s a matter of how much MORE we can do with your fee as a socially-responsible, for-profit company than as a typical not-for-profit organization. Your sponsorship of a single square foot is just the first step, a catalyst that launches an ongoing series of forest-friendly projects and programs designed to preserve virgin rainforests, reclaim deforested lands, plant non food-competitive energy crops (green oil), and support the entrepreneurial spirit of the people of the rainforest, in a manner totally in keeping with our Pledge to the Planet and the UN’s Eight Millennium Development Goals.

Part of the sponsorship fees are also used to install various strategic Data Acquisitions Devices (DAD’s) so that wider coverage of rainforest and other lands can be mapped and thousands of bits of useful data can be collected. This technology enables us to maintain the highest standards of validation and verification on the carbon markets while also putting us at the forefront of groundbreaking ecological characterization methodologies. Through these DAD’s we have one of the most in-depth, accurate and transparent systems available to gain and share deep insights into the rainforests.

Is it true that foreigners cannot own land in many foreign countries?
If so, how does that affect RainTrust?

As a general rule, foreigners cannot individually own property, particularly large parcels of land. The ‘RainTrust Conservation Agreement’ is signed by multiple local landowners, NGO’s and/or governments and therefore does not affect us as ‘foreigners’. For every conservation reserve, we have RainTrust Regional Directors who live, work and integrate into the various cultures – and as such are versed in the nuances and idiosyncrasies of these cultures required to make an affective sustainable conservation initiative.

When you protect a RainTrust Reserve, you will not actually own the land you are protecting, but rather, it is considered like a long-term lease with certain rights and no short or long-term liabilities. We call this ‘Cooperative Preservation through Private Sponsorship’, where you will be joining one of the newest and most effective rainforest preservation efforts in the world.

Your sponsored reserve will be protected “in perpetuity” in your name, in accordance with local laws and strict international standards of preservation, conservation, and sustainable development. You are not only invited to visit your sponsored reserve, but it will be protected, accountable and registered in your name. You can even submit suggestions and plans for environmentally conscious projects on the property.

The Conservation Agreement is filed with the local municipality in the country of origin. All reserves are computerized, key coded and locked for assurance that no two reserves will be sold to the same person. Our land registry is audited at a top International Accounting firm.

How does RainTrust protect rainforest land it doesn’t own?

We believe that by creating jobs and wherewithal within a region, this is an alternative to having to cut trees and therefore the ultimate solution to protecting the forests. To accomplish the creation of sustainable businesses we work through a variety of exclusive agreements with various groups, organizations, governments and corporations.

For example, in 2004, we signed a special short term agreement with the Tukano people to help protect their 20,000,000 acre reserve, the single largest contiguous land mass controlled by any indigenous group in Brazil. This was the forerunner to our present day RainTrust Conservation Agreement as it was a simple cooperation agreement with the tribal leader to start a process of buying their capacity (goods) and tapping the power of the global marketplace.

What makes RainTrust’s approach to protecting the rainforest unique?
Why do you think it will work when most other approaches seem to have little effect?

The RainTrust “Eco-Nomic” model is an economically and ecologically-sustainable approach that has the proper intention, marketing know-how and international support to deal with a problem that is truly global in scale. It is designed to create the kind of major impact required to stop the massive deforestation of the rainforest.

The RainTrust plan applies market-based principles to significantly increase the total area of land that will be managed for conservation, preservation, and other sustainable purposes.  Many conservation projects are dependent on external funds from foreign donors to handle recurrent costs for lands placed in protected status or managed for conservation efforts.  However, the RainTrust reserves will be financially self-sustaining, using funds from investors and sponsors to finance locally driven businesses that comply with our strict environmental standards and RainTrust Conservation Agreements.

The RainTrust holdings ensures that we can provide sufficient area to maintain suitable habitat and connectivity for viable populations of resident biodiversity, while simultaneously permitting RainTrust to develop low-impact extractive reserves and environmentally sustainable economic uses of the land.

To combine the best of the free enterprise system with the values of a philanthropic non-governmental organization (NGO), RainTrust works synergistically with socially-responsible companies to create a new model of ecological and economic sustainability that will continually reap benefits for the rainforest and its people, while preserving its biodiversity.

To develop the highest of standards in the practical application of sustainable methods, RainTrust continues to create partnerships in a consultative process with community members, business, political, and spiritual leaders, governments, NGOs, scholars, artists and other like-minded individuals and organizations. Our unique network not only have the creative vision to see the big picture, but also have the know how and experience to reach across all strata turning previously perceived barriers into bridges.

The RainTrust Global Net is another unique component that sets this mission apart from the rest. This innovative proprietary technology is especially designed to bring the viewer directly into the wonders of the rainforest by zooming in through real time satellite imagery – even from your cell phone! In the fall of 2011, you will be able to chat in 16 instantly translated languages to your newfound family from around the world – sharing in the inspiration.

Who started RainTrust and Why? David Plattner is a businessman, musician, lover of cross-culture, and founder of RainTrust, Ltd. In his own words, here’s how his vision for RainTrust, starting in 2004, has evolved:

“Like many supporters of our environment, I was drawn to the plight and promise of the Amazon. Like all of us, I’d read about the Amazon as “the lungs” of our planet, that vast region who’s future is at risk, and with it our own futures. The crisis in the Amazon, in reality, threatens our whole planet. Every day, 240 square miles of rainforest are destroyed. That is an area the size of Tokyo transformed every 24 hours. Many experts warn that at the current rate of degradation, the Amazon rainforest’s existing biodiversity will reach the point of no return between 2012 and 2016.

The challenge for me was to abandon all ideas of putting the rainforest under a glass cover, and to come up instead with a responsible business-oriented project that could convince local stakeholders that an alternative to destructive land uses is economically possible and worthwhile.  Simultaneously, we need to engage world interest, attract investment, and promote development.  Working with an impressive number of experts in the United States and Brazil, we have come up with an approach we all believe will be an economic win-win.”

In this age of global interdependence, we need a sustainable business strategy that unites everyone to solve a crisis that will ultimately affect us all. By tapping the power of the global marketplace, RainTrust can connect the interests and needs of people in the rainforests to the rest of the international community. Our message is a simple one: “The planet needs the rainforest, and the rainforest needs you.”

The RainTrust strategy creates socially-responsible economic incentives that touch and motivate people on many levels, creating a “Tipping Point” effect…a trend that starts by word-of-mouth and takes on a life, and a momentum, of its own. We have developed mutually beneficial relationships with many of the most influential internationally based NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations) and US-based Not-for Profits involved with conservation and preservation.

Our multi-pronged approach represents a practical and ecologically correct strategy for achieving our goals, and providing the greatest benefit to the rainforest. The RainTrust conservation strategy includes short and long term objectives that, when properly orchestrated, could raise billions of dollars for rainforest sustainable conservation.  These funds will provide a critical financial reservoir to support and sustain the many RainTrust-sponsored environmental services and enterprises that will significantly contribute to regional efforts to slow the degradation of the rainforest.

Why has RainTrust integrated Bio-fuels/Agroforestry into the strategy and aren’t bio-fuels competitive with food?

RainTrust has more recently expanded it’s mission beyond conservation into sustainable reforestation via its association and Joint Venturer Waterland Asia. Waterland Asia has a proven track record in ‘Agroforestry’ projects where trees, such as the green energy producing Jatropha, are inter-cropped with organic foods. There is ample marginal and degraded land available for large-scale projects that create an optimal and dynamic impact on all levels. Farmers that had migrated to urban slums are brought back to the land, hydrologic cycles are restored, animal habitat is increased, CO2 is sequestered from the atmosphere and sustainable economies based on green businesses are established.

Waterland Asia demonstrates a credible model with beneficial results to the land, atmosphere, people and investors-  producing green oil, bio-plastics, organic food crops, organic fertilizer and a bi-product that is used as an alternative to wood as cooking fuel. According to the UNEP, there are 2.2 billion acres of degraded land that has been abandoned due to short-term agricultural practices or deforestation, in the developing world of the tropics alone. With this easily replicable model taken to scale the possibilities are almost limitless. Via partnership, RainTrust is fulfilling its mandate to actively participate in replanting forests all around the world.

Waterland Asia has planted 116,000,000 Green Oil Trees on Marginal & Deforested Lands
(Inter-cropped with Organic Food Crops)
240,000 Farmers are Employed Full Time on Sustainable Projects
The Local Deforestation Rate has been reduced by 90%

What kind of eco-friendly products and services will RainTrust be developing in the global marketplace?

RainTrust is developing a large, global market base for new and existing products that emanate from the rainforest. We have successfully identified market linkages to fulfill the increasing demand for these products. RainTrust has identified a number of industries that will soon come into operation in association with our strategic relationships and property holdings, including carbon credits, green oil (bio-fuel), bio-plastics, eco-tourism, treeless paper, sustainable food production and sales through local and national markets, arts and crafts production and distribution through international markets, nutraceuticals, Acai and other nutrient rich rainforest fruit drinks, medicinal herbs and rubber and latex-associated products. We are also providing top of the line carbon credit validation and verification sources.

RainTrust is currently establishing collaborative partnerships with several well-known organizations (both not-for-profit and for-profit) and high profile publications and media outlets for the marketing of RainTrust land sponsorship reserves. This is an additional way to reduce risk and insure profitability, while assisting in the establishment of the brand.

RainTrust has aspirations to become an inspirational brand, which would include a “Rainforest Life Style” retail store, restaurant, tropical fruit drink bar and live event center in strategic locations including Amsterdam, Holland.
I would like to help sell RainTrust Reserves – how do I do this?
I am hosting an event and would like the proceeds to go towards sponsoring a reserve – how do I set this up?
Please visit out ‘Contact Us’ link and fill out your data – we will be happy to set up an affiliate program that is both emotionally and economically rewarding.

Coordinating for an event is a simple process that we have seen produce phenomenal results across the board – again, ‘Contact Us’ and we will be sure to help make your next event an un-forgettable experience.
What is the RainTrust Conservation Agreement?

The RainTrust Conservation Agreement was originally informed by the existing laws of Brazil and embodied by American lawyers while reviewed by the law department at a top law school in the US. The RainTrust Conservation Agreement suggests that the landowner agrees to not cut or destroy any trees on the property unless it is done using the sustainable forestry practices of the FSC Guidelines.

Does RainTrust plan to expand to other countries? How does RainTrust select what countries to work with?

Our ambition is to have 1 billion acres of land under conservation by 2020 – so yes! We work within countries with a mutual desire, available lands and general ease of political processing.

Can I resell my sponsorship?

Sponsorships are currently non-transferable. However, we are considering plans to permit the transfer of sponsorships in the future, upon payment of a modest transfer fee to cover processing and the issuance of new certificates. In the meantime, you are encouraged to “Gift-an-Reserve” to friends, family members, and business associates.

Can I actually visit my sponsored acre or otherwise “use” the land I am helping protect?

As a RainTrustee, you are not only invited to visit your protected reserve, but we’ll even give you a FREE GUIDED TOUR (as part of your RainTrust Eco-Tour package) and 1 FREE additional sponsored acre for making the trip! Coming soon is the RainTrust Events & Eco-Tours Video section of our website