Interfaith Rainforest Initiative


Name of initiative Interfaith Rainforest Initiative
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
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Starting year 2017
End year
Secretariat Joseph Corcoran,
Organisational structure
Geographical coverage Global, Latin America and The Caribbean, Africa, South East Asia
Name of lead organisation Interfaith Rainforest Initiative
Type of lead organisation United Nations or Specialised agency, Network/Consortium/Partnership
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America


Description The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative was launched at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, on 19 June 2017. In a first-of-its-kind summit, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist religious leaders joined forces with indigenous peoples from Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Meso-America and Peru to make the protection of rainforests an ethical priority for the world’s faith communities.
Objectives 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. The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative is a platform for religious leaders and faith-based communities to work hand-in-hand with indigenous peoples, governments, civil society and businesses on actions that protect rainforests and safeguard those that serve as their guardians.
Activities The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative works globally and in major rainforest countries on the mobilization of faith- based leadership, advocacy and on-the-ground action to protect rainforests. We currently work in Brazil, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and Peru, which together contain more than 70% of the world’s remaining tropical forests. Our work in each country is focused on education and training, program development, communications and public outreach, faith-based mobilization, political advocacy and connecting religious leaders with allies from across sectors to multiply their collective impact.
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Monitoring and Impacts

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Function of initiative Political dialogue, Capacity building
Activity of initiative Advocacy, Awareness raising and outreach, Training and education, Policy planning and recommendations
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Participants Number Names
Members 8  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 8 Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative - NICFI (Norway),  Rainforest Foundation Norway (Norway),  United Nations Environment Programme - UNEP (Kenya),  Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University (United Kingdom),  GreenFaith (USA),  Parliament of the World’s Religions (USA),  Religions for Peace (USA),  World Council of Churches (Switzerland).
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


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Last update: 4 August 2020 12:22:23

Not only have national states as participators