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June 22, 2023

World Rainforest Day

In 2022, we brought together 60 organizations at the forefront of forest protection for knowledge exchange and community building at the second annual WRD Summit.

In 2022

30
Panels and workshops
60
Organizations involved 
141
Mentions in
news outlets & blogs
70k
Interactions with #WorldRainforestDay
9.9M
Individual users reached with #WorldRainforestDay

In the Press

Rainforests are under siege. Here's what you should know.

"World Rainforest Dayby Rainforest Partnership, a non-governmental organization based in Austin, Texas, as a way to promote action that preserves the vital resources that rainforests provide. The day is honored annually on June 22."

World Rainforest Day: Celebrating the Amazon, the planet’s largest rainforest

"Three hundred million people worldwide live in forests and 1.6 billion depend on them for their livelihoods. Forests provide habitat for a vast array of plants and animals, many of which are still undiscovered. These ecosystems are so much more than a collection of trees, they are home to 80 per cent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.

World Rainforest Day: The world’s great rainforests

"Tropical rainforests have an outsized role in the world. Of the Earth’s ecosystems, rainforests support the largest variety of plants and animal species, house the majority of indigenous groups still living in isolation from the rest of humanity, and power the mightiest rivers. Rainforests lock up vast amounts of carbon, moderate local temperature, and influence rainfall and weather patterns at regional and planetary scales.

The sounds of Mexico’s last rainforest

"To celebrate World Rainforest Day, we look into Mexico’s fight to save their last rainforest. Scientists say that two-thirds of the biggest rainforest in Mexico, the Lancandon Jungle, has been lost. With only 10 percent of virgin territory to protect, environmental groups and Indigenous people are fighting to curb deforestation, illegal logging, and trade with protected species.

World Rainforest Day 2021: Significance and Steps You Can Take to Help Save Rainforests

"World Rainforest Day, celebrated on June 22, is a joint effort to promote knowledge and inspire action in order to conserve one of the Earth’s most valuable resources — our rainforests. The day is a celebration of these valuable natural treasures and is intended to spur action to protect them. Rainforest Partnership established the inaugural World Rainforest Day in 2017.

Rainforests are under siege. Here's what you should know.

"World Rainforest Dayby Rainforest Partnership, a non-governmental organization based in Austin, Texas, as a way to promote action that preserves the vital resources that rainforests provide. The day is honored annually on June 22."

World Rainforest Day: Celebrating the Amazon, the planet’s largest rainforest

"Three hundred million people worldwide live in forests and 1.6 billion depend on them for their livelihoods. Forests provide habitat for a vast array of plants and animals, many of which are still undiscovered. These ecosystems are so much more than a collection of trees, they are home to 80 per cent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.

World Rainforest Day: The world’s great rainforests

"Tropical rainforests have an outsized role in the world. Of the Earth’s ecosystems, rainforests support the largest variety of plants and animal species, house the majority of indigenous groups still living in isolation from the rest of humanity, and power the mightiest rivers. Rainforests lock up vast amounts of carbon, moderate local temperature, and influence rainfall and weather patterns at regional and planetary scales.

The sounds of Mexico’s last rainforest

"To celebrate World Rainforest Day, we look into Mexico’s fight to save their last rainforest. Scientists say that two-thirds of the biggest rainforest in Mexico, the Lancandon Jungle, has been lost. With only 10 percent of virgin territory to protect, environmental groups and Indigenous people are fighting to curb deforestation, illegal logging, and trade with protected species.

World Rainforest Day 2021: Significance and Steps You Can Take to Help Save Rainforests

"World Rainforest Day, celebrated on June 22, is a joint effort to promote knowledge and inspire action in order to conserve one of the Earth’s most valuable resources — our rainforests. The day is a celebration of these valuable natural treasures and is intended to spur action to protect them. Rainforest Partnership established the inaugural World Rainforest Day in 2017.

Our Mission

Founded in 2017 by Rainforest Partnership, World Rainforest Day recognizes standing, healthy forests as one of the most powerful and cost-effective climate change mitigation tools we have — and creates a global movement to protect and restore them.

We connect forest-focused organizations with new partners, non-environmental sectors to the forest, and aspiring rainforest guardians to impact pathways. Our partner network consists of rainforest organizations, indigenous groups, policy representatives, youth leaders, the private sector, creative guilds, and more, collaborating and innovating for more holistic forest protection.

Join us

Why Rainforests?

Let’s start with the basics. Rainforests are a type of forest where rainfall is continuous and abundant all year round. Most of our planet’s rainforests are found in the tropics, but they can also be found in temperate zones. Although when we think of rainforests we generally imagine vast regions of land covered in dense vegetation, these ecosystems only cover around 6% of Earth’s surface. However, in such a small area they harbor a disproportionate amount of terrestrial species; around 50% of all terrestrial biodiversity is found in the world’s rainforests

Not only do rainforests hold invaluable genetic resources and countless evolutionary marvels, but they are thought of as “living pharmacies”. Their great and mostly unknown diversity is an untapped resource for new medicines and therapies. This diversity is also the source of many products we use in our daily lives, like coffee, cacao, spices, common fruits and vegetables– and that’s just scratching the surface. Other products, like beef or the palm oil found in shampoo and many common hygiene and food products are directly related to rainforest deforestation worldwide.

Rainforests play a crucial role in both climate regulation and carbon absorption and storage. By cycling water through their networks of trees, they create currents that serve to transport water through entire continents, cooling them down and providing them with a reliable water source. They also protect from erosion, drought, and floods, keeping the conditions of their perimeter relatively stable. Rainforests also pump carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it in trees and soil, where it is safely captured and used by living organisms.

Their capacity to absorb and store carbon and to regulate climate over entire continents makes rainforests our greatest allies when it comes to countering and reversing some of the worst effects of climate change. Rainforests are the original carbon capture tool, and they continue to play this role as we wait for innovative, scalable technologies to catch up.

These amazing ecosystems are also home to millions of people who represent invaluable knowledge, traditions, and cultural diversity. The Amazon alone is home to over 30 million people, including 350 Indigenous and ethnic groups who directly depend on the rainforest for food, clothing, medicines, and culture. Indigenous and local rainforest communities are crucial in the protection of our planet’s rainforests and biodiversity, and their knowledge and participation are key assets in restructuring systems and developing sustainable, lasting nature-based solutions.

Our Global Community

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Our team

Nia Gorbunova
Coordinator

Nia has been part of the World Rainforest Day team since 2020; last year, she helped launch the Global Summit. Nia manages the partner network and leads World Rainforest Day programs and events, including the Summit. She is based in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Tadzio Mac Gregor
Global Engagement

Tadzio is founder of the Javari Project, working to preserve one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse areas of the Amazon. He leads new partnership development for World Rainforest Day. Tadzio is based in between Amsterdam and Mexico City.

Aishwarya Raval
Research & Development

Aishwarya is a lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property and Corporate law, with experience in conservation and clean energy. She leads research and development efforts for World Rainforest Day. Aishwarya is based in India.

Valerie Jemima Brou
Communications Intern

Valerie is a young Ivorian with a passion for sustainability, conservation marketing, and the environment. She assists with research, partner outreach, and digital engagement. Valerie is based in Rwanda.

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