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Website of the Week — Rainforest Portal

Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations. Our web guide is VOA's Art Chimes.

This week it's a site aimed at educating people about some of Earth's most endangered and crucial ecosystems, and urging action to protect them.

BARRY: "The is a true portal site, which means that it has a real search engine of the best-reviewed rainforest information. It tracks news, it provides links, it has a blog. And most importantly, it allows people to take action to get governments and companies to protect rainforests."

Glen Barry is founder of . He says the site has information for anyone with even a casual interest in rainforests, though it's really aimed at conservation professionals and others who are passionate about the subject.

BARRY: "For example, right now we're running a campaign to protect the major rivers of the Amazon. And we recently ran a campaign on Laos' plans to dam the last major rainforest wilderness in their country. So it's very much towards motivating people, informing them in order that they will make a stand to protect rainforests for the Earth's future."

Protecting the rainforests, Barry says, is in everyone's interest, no matter where they live.

BARRY: "They're absolutely essential for climate, for water, for forest products, and essentially they're our habitat. So rainforests are more important than ever, and as goes the rainforest will go humanity."

Find out about the key role rainforests play, whether you live near one or not, at, or get the link to this and more than 200 other Websites of the Week from our site,