The start of a new year provides the opportunity to envision, organize, and plan for the year ahead while also quantifying and celebrating the accomplishments of 2022.
As we reflect on our collective impact over the past year, we extend our deep gratitude to our dedicated team members, volunteers, partners, and donors for their support of our planet-saving work, and we look forward to making an even bigger impact for rainforests in 2023.
On-the-Ground Impact in Ecuador and Peru:
- Empowered over 100 Kichwa women in the Ecuadorian Amazon by supporting sustainable livelihood projects like Amazon fish and artisan handicrafts
- Protected 149,500 acres in the Ecuadorian Amazon by supporting indigenous communities’ resistance to deforestation and stewardship of the rainforest
- Convened key stakeholders, along with strategic partners, to work together to strengthen the conservation of 900,000 acres of the Tropical Andes in Peru
- Discovered over 10 potential new frog species and formally described seven previously discovered species (four lizards and three frogs) in the cloud forests of Peru, in one of the most threatened ecoregions in the world
- Supported creation of the first Youth Association in Sani Isla, a Kichwa community in the Amazon: “MUSHUK ÑAMPITAK PASKACHIK WANRAKUNA” or in English, Youth building new paths for the future
- Coordinated trainings, workshops, and exchanges with women’s organizations and Kichwa youth on topics from sustainable tourism to gastronomy, management of sustainable entrepreneurial projects, social and economic rights, and women’s empowerment
- Led environmental education activities with two Kichwa schools in the Ecuadorian Amazon, including a World Rainforest Day celebration
- Convened 84 speakers and 1000+ attendees from 73 countries for the virtual World Rainforest Day Global Summit (June 22), with a social media reach of almost 10 million people worldwide
- Expanded, as a core founding member, Rainforest Collective, a groundbreaking global coalition of rainforest organizations and leaders with a shared mission to end deforestation and protect rainforests for good
- Created new content for Rainforest Academy, an unprecedented education program to educate people around the world on rainforests and their protection, ready to expand in 2023
- Screened Films for the Forest, our international short film competition, in Tokyo for the first time and to a global audience during World Rainforest Day
- Launched Rainforest Partnership Publishing and introduced The Donor’s Guide to Rainforest Conservation to build critical pathways to rainforest conservation
The time is now as we work toward our goal of net zero deforestation by 2030. Together with your support, we can expand our impact in Ecuador and Peru.