This past June, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) launched a new issue primer on forest restoration as a contribution to UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity.
The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change.
The Parliament of the World’s Religions is a proud member of the IRI partnership. The IRI partnership launched a new issue primer for religious leaders and faith communities called, Forest Restoration: Healing Tropical Forests for Spiritual Renewal. The primer also discusses what forest restoration projects can accomplish for people, nature, and communities and reviews the considerations faith groups should keep in mind as they pursue forest restoration projects. The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative worked in collaboration with country programs in Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, and Peru to release forest restoration primers for religious leaders and faith communities, creating dedicated resources for action and learning as a contribution to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
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