The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative has launched a new primer, ‘Forest Restoration: Healing Tropical Forests for Spiritual Renewal’. It 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 Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Forest Restoration: Healing Tropical Forests For Spiritual Renewal
Faith communities have a rich opportunity to contribute to a global goal of restoring forest ecosystems as part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Forest Restoration: Healing Tropical Forests for Spiritual Renewal is a new Interfaith Rainforest Initiative primer for religious leaders that shows why faith groups should participate in forest restoration projects, details what such projects can accomplish, and outlines the considerations faith groups should keep in mind as they pursue forest restoration efforts.
Over the coming weeks, Interfaith Rainforest Initiative country programs in Brazil, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and Peru will all 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.
A Faith Community Contribution to Forest Recovery
Restoration of forest landscapes through tree planting, seed collection and propagation, agroforestry, and many other restoration methods offers a way to recover some of the essential forest functions that have been lost through widespread deforestation and degradation. It can also offer a route to spiritual recovery and renewal as we work with nature to rebuild our bond with forest ecosystems.
Grounded in the belief that forests have inherent spiritual value, the work of forest restoration and stewardship can become a profound spiritual practice. There are many inspiring examples of faith communities around the world taking the lead in forest restoration.