IRI-DRC launches new Chapter in South-Kivu, initiates first advocacy efforts with Provincial Government and for the protection of indigenous Pygmee peoples rights
From 17 to 20 October 2022, IRI DRC organized a launch event in South-Kivu, rallying religious leaders to commit to ending tropical deforestation and protecting
IRI DRC presents recommendations to Ministers gathered at COP27 preparatory meeting, call for greater ambition on forest protection￼
At a meeting of more than 60 governments and Environment Ministers gathered in Kinshasa for a preparatory meeting in advance of UNFCCC COP27, IRI DRC
IRI DRC holds 2-day workshop with country’s religious leaders, produces powerful statement to COP27 ministers on the need for stronger efforts to protect and restore forests
This week, IRI DRC held a 2-day workshop with the country’s most established religious leaders and faith-based organizations to call on the government of DRC
IRI Colombia finalizes proposals through “Escucha la Amazonia” for the National Development Plan, 2022-2026
The Escucha la Amazonia alliance, of which IRI Colombia is a lead member, concluded its preparation of proposals to be issued to the national government
IRI Brazil holds series of four webinars to raise awareness of the urgency of ending deforestation, defending indigenous rights and fighting climate change
As part of the Amazônia Viva Project – a partnership with the National Association for an Economy of Communion – ANPECOM, Sistema B Brazil and
IRI Peru, working in partnership with several alliances and institutions, recently held a series of electoral dialogues in advance of the relgional and municipal elections
They are irreplaceable. Not only do they exhibit creation in its most exquisite beauty, they provide millions of people with food, shelter, livelihoods, medicine and clean water. They are also the best climate solution we have. If protected and restored, rainforests can provide an indispensable contribution to sustainable development. Instead, they are at grave risk.
Extractive industries and land conversion for agricultural products like beef, soy, palm oil, and pulp and paper are driving tropical deforestation. In the last decade alone, an area of forest the size of the United Kingdom, France and Germany combined has been lost forever. This destruction is unnecessary and is undermining efforts by the international community to address climate change, sustainable development and human rights.
A coalition of indigenous peoples, government, business, science, NGO and civil society partners are working to halt deforestation. However, to achieve the speed and scale of change required, we need to bring the moral, ethical and spiritual dimension of humanity to bear more strongly on these efforts.
The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative is an international, multi-faith alliance that aims to bring moral urgency and faith-based leadership to global efforts to end tropical deforestation. It is a platform for religious leaders to work hand-in-hand with indigenous peoples, governments, civil society and business on actions that protect rainforests and safeguard those that serve as their guardians.
We focus on three main goals:
Raise awareness of the tropical deforestation crisis by equipping religious leaders with the science, information and tools needed to serve as effective advocates for rainforest protection.
WHERE WE WORK
We work globally and in major rainforest countries to support religious leaders and spiritual communities that are mobilizing to protect rainforests.
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