On World Rainforest Day, religious leaders representing the world’s major faith traditions issue a declaration in support of indigenous peoples in the Amazon basin

Attacks against the lives and rights of indigenous peoples have increased significantly over the past decade, constituting a human rights emergency. Following several complaints lodged to the United Nations against the violation of indigenous peoples’ rights in the Amazon and as an extension of the Faiths for Forests Declaration and Action Agenda, the World Council of Religions for Peace issued a […]

IRI launches new issue primer on forest restoration as contribution to UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

The IRI partnership has launched a new issue primer for religious leaders and faith communities called, Forest Restoration: Healing Tropical Forests for Spiritual Renewal.  The new IRI resource outlines why forest restoration is an essential complement to forest protection and details how and why faith groups should participate in forest restoration projects that contribute to the UN […]

IRI Colombia launches campaign to promote UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

On the eve of World Environment Day, June 4th, IRI Colombia launched a country-wide campaign as a contribution to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The campaign, “Sueña un jardín de ideas” (Dream a Garden of Ideas), includes a series of activities to reimagine, recreate and restore the tropical forests of the Colombian Amazon. The […]

IRI DRC prepares strategy to influence national policies on forests and land use

IRI DRC has convened a team of five experts in collaboration with religious denominations members of the IRI DRC Advisory Council to produce an advocacy document to protect the tropical forests of the country. The team is in the process of identifying sectors that contribute to the protection of forests and analyze the legal frameworks […]

IRI Colombia launches issue primer on forest restoration for UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

IRI Colombia is the first IRI country program to launch a national issue primer on forest restoration.  The primer is a manual intended for religious leaders and faith communities to be used during the UN decade on Ecosystem Restoration. It provides methodological guidelines to organize restoration activities inspired by faith and spiritual teachings. The primer, which […]