Forests & Pandemics Primer Launch

July 14, 2020 This new resource for religious leaders and faith communities outlines how the COVID-19 pandemic is closely tied to destruction of the planet’s rainforests and associated habitat loss, and the many ways that humanity is mismanaging nature. The primer explains how stopping tropical deforestation and conserving biodiversity are necessary steps to reduce disease […]

Resource Guide on Rainforest Protection for Religious Communities Launch

June 5, 2020 To mark World Environment Day, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative has launched a Resource Guide on Rainforest Protection for Religious Communities. The publication outlines in detail how the protection of rainforests and the rights of indigenous peoples who serve as their guardians is essential to stopping biodiversity loss, combatting climate change and achieving […]

IRI Country Program Launched in Indonesia

30th January – 1st February, 2020 Jakarta, Indonesia Over 250 leaders gathered this week to launch an historic commitment to protect the third largest tropical rainforest area in the world! The two-day launch event of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative convened religious and indigenous representatives from major forest areas across Indonesia at the Indonesian Ministry of […]

IRI Country Program Launched in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

3rd – 5th December, 2019 Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative country program has been launched in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). From 3-5 December 2019, more than 180 faith leaders, indigenous peoples and forest communities, NGOs, scientists, government leaders and representatives from the United Nations gathered in Kinshasa […]

Faiths for Forests Campaign Launch at UN Climate Action Summit

Above: UN Environment Executive Director Inger Andersen announcing the Faiths for Forests campaign launch at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019. The Faiths for Forests campaign was officially launched as a contribution to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, kicking off a global faith-based movement of mobilization, education and advocacy around halting and reversing tropical […]

Faiths for Forests Declaration Endorsed at Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly

At the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace, religious and spiritual leaders from all over the world united to affirm their commitment to end tropical deforestation and stand in solidarity with the indigenous peoples that serve as their guardians. Recognizing the need for urgent and decisive action to address deforestation as a driver of […]

IRI at the Kofi Annan Faith Briefings

Above: Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, presented the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative during the session “The Role of Multi-Faith Partnerships to Combat Climate Change and its Impacts” during the HLPF in July. New York, USA In July 2019, several representatives of the Interfaith Rainforest […]

IRI Featured in G20 Interfaith Forum and Recommendation to G20 Osaka Summit

Above: IRI Special Advisor Bishop Gunnar Stålsett presented the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative during the Planet Working Session “Religious Calls to Protect Rainforests: No Climate Solution without Tropical Forests: A Compelling Call to Action” during the G20 Interfaith Forum in Tokyo in June. Credit: Religions for Peace Tokyo, Japan In June 2019, 200 prominent religious leaders […]

IRI Initiates Work in the DRC

Above: The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative delegation met with leaders of all major religions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the inception mission in May 2019. Kinshasa, DRC In May, members of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative’s Global Steering Committee conducted an inception mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where they explored with […]