World Rainforest Day: Summit Brings Together Global Community


RP Team

August 1, 2022

Rainforest Partnership: World Rainforest Day: Summit 2022

Industry experts and international attendees explore solutions to deforestation

This June 22nd marked the second-ever World Rainforest Day Global Summit—an annual event that convenes an ever-growing community and sparks new ideas and collaborative action to ensure our rainforests, and the communities living in and protecting them, thrive. 

Since Rainforest Partnership founded World Rainforest Day in 2017, June 22nd has been an international day of celebration. The mission– recognizing the power of standing, healthy rainforests in mitigating climate change and creating a global movement to protect and restore them.

World Rainforest Day 2022 - By the Numbers

Filled from start to finish with inspiring, impact-driven sessions focused on implementing solutions to achieve our collective goal of ending deforestation by 2030, it was the biggest and most impactful World Rainforest Day yet.

World Rainforest Day Summit key event metrics

With 60 organizations bringing their experiences to the table, there was no shortage of perspective or representation. Over the course of the day, industry experts and frontline guardians unpacked the deforestation solutions from every angle, from youth action to innovative tech to storytelling, and everything in between.

Convening Community – Hear from the Attendees

We asked our community what their favorite part of the Summit was.

  • “It was a great opportunity to share learnings, best practices, and engage in dialogue with partners of all sizes conducting frontline work to support our rainforests. I left inspired by how crypto fundraising can be a bigger driver and hope we helped those doing the work find more intuitive solutions to meet their needs.” - Dan Coleman, The Giving Block
  • “It was very insightful. As an individual just learning more about rainforests and environmental conservation, it was eye opening.” - Attendee
  • “We really appreciated the class on ecotourism. We recently bought a coffee farm/tourist lodge in remote Ecuador, and we need this kind of direction.” - Attendee
  • “I enjoyed the diversity of events, the interaction among the participants, and the visibility given to many significant projects developed worldwide. I loved the possibility of breaking the language barrier to connect with the community. These co-creation spaces allow us to find valuable allies.” - Andrea Builes Vélez, Films for the Forest

We were honored to be joined by two incredible keynote speakers: Shinae Gualinga, youth leader from the Kichwa community of Sarayaku, and Steven Donziger, key lawyer on the team that won a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron on behalf of Ecuadorian communities. As renowned advocates for indigenous rights and climate action, they joined in conversation with Rainforest Partnership founder and CEO Niyanta Spelman to share their insights on the future of forest protection.

Keynote speakers Shinae Gualinga and Steven Donziger join Niyanta Spelman and the World Rainforest Day community.
Keynote speakers Shinae Gualinga and Steven Donziger join Niyanta Spelman and the World Rainforest Day community.

“Climate change is real. It is happening now. It is the most urgent threat, and as young people, we are experiencing it firsthand. For World Rainforest Day, we need to make a commitment, all of us, to protect our home.”

- Shinae Gualinga, youth leader from the Kichwa community of Sarayaku

We couldn’t be more proud of and invigorated by the solutions explored and connections made during the Summit, and we know that June 22 was only the beginning. We make progress when we come together in dialogue, support, and collaboration. Whether you joined us at the Summit or celebrated in your own way: thank you for being part of the solution.

Get involved with World Rainforest Day!

Learn more about the incredible World Rainforest Day partners who brought the Summit to life:

  • Amazon Conservation Association
  • B Lab Europe
  • Borneo Nature Foundation
  • CGTN America
  • Caltech
  • Center for Amazon Community Ecology
  • CoalitionWILD
  • Community Conservation, Inc.
  • Community-Based Biosynergy Management
  • Congo Basin Institute
  • Creative Action Institute
  • Crypto Research and Design Lab (CRADL)
  • EcoLogic Development Fund
  • Emerge
  • FOREP (Forest, Resources and People)
  • Films for the Forest
  • Forest Forces
  • Friends of the Rainforest
  • Green Kids Club
  • Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda
  • IUCN Netherlands
  • JM International
  • Jäderberg & Cie. Group
  • Kristina Nikols Wellness
  • Make My Money Matter
  • Millbrook School
  • NUΞ Digital Capital
  • Neotropical Primate Conservation
  • POP Movement
  • Prince Bernhard Nature Fund
  • Rainforest Partnership
  • Reserva: The Youth Land Trust
  • Sensing Clues
  • Singularity Group Think Tank
  • Society for Threatened Peoples
  • Society of Wilderness Sarawak (SOWS)
  • South Pole
  • Taylor Guitars
  • The Climate Foundation
  • The Giving Block
  • The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
  • The Morpho Institute
  • The Æternals
  • Thruline Networks
  • Tresorio Cloud
  • Urban Botanica Collective
  • Viridis Terra International
  • Vulcan Forged
  • WWF Brasil
  • We Don't Have Time
  • WildTech
  • World Economic Forum
  • World View
  • Youth for Our Planet
  • Yunity Labs