The International Day Of The Worlds Indigenous Peoples

August 9, 2022

Although they comprise less than 5% of the world population, indigenous peoples protect 80% of the Earth's biodiversity in the environments in which they have lived for centuries, including tropical rainforests. Today, we join the United Nations in commemorating World Indigenous Peoples Day, and every day, we honor the work of the indigenous communities with whom we partner. Investing in their rights and livelihoods is key to rainforest conservation.

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RP Peru:

Supporting sustainable cacao

From July 14-17, Rainforest Partnership Perú participated in the XIII Latin American Cacao and Chocolate Exhibition. Celebrating the launch of a very special chocolate.

The product is developed in conjunction with the Awajún native communities of the Cordillera de Colán, an enormous forest that holds incredible and critical biodiversity. This project is part of conservation and sustainable development activities that we promote together with local and indigenous communities in the Cordillera de Colán.

Special thanks to our partners on this project: Ministerio del Ambiente - Perú, Sernanp Oficial, Santuario Nacional Cordillera de Colán - Sernanp, Reserva Comunal Chayu Nain - Sernanp, Gobierno Regional Amazonas, Dirección Regional Agraria de Amazonas, Mana Coffee & Chocolate and YUNKAWASILearn more about related initiatives »

World Rainforest Day 2022: Driving global impact

Thank you to everyone who joined us June 22 to celebrate World Rainforest Day and participate in our second annual Global Summit!

More than 80 inspiring speakers and experts, 60 partner organizations, and more than 1,000 attendees from 73 countries around the world participated,  and the World Rainforest Day message reached 10 million users across social media channels, with a number of international organizations sharing our mission of recognizing standing, healthy forests as one of the most powerful and cost-effective climate change mitigation tools we have and creating a collective, global movement to protect and restore them.

Sessions on demand are now available online, including this keynote conversation between human rights attorney and activist Steven Donziger, Kichwa youth leader Shinae Gualinga, and Rainforest Partnership CEO Niyanta Spelman.

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Our on-the-ground work in Ecuador

“We at Rainforest Partnership are incredibly grateful for the opportunities to connect with and learn from our indigenous community partners, to support them and to strengthen their vastly essential work protecting forests for themselves, for people around the world, and for future generations.”


—Niyanta Spelman, founder and CEO, Rainforest Partnership.

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Empowering indigenous women

Indigenous peoples are nearly three times as likely to be living in extreme poverty compared to their non-indigenous counterparts. Indigenous women are the backbone of indigenous peoples’ communities and play a crucial role in the preservation and transmission of traditional ancestral knowledge and the protection of forests. This International Day of Indigenous Peoples, let’s empower the role of these heroines.

Since 1982 the United Nations has been commemorating the World's Indigenous Peoples Day and this year the theme is “The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge”. This celebration starts with a virtual commemoration open to anyone at 9 am to 11am (EST).

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In the news...

From her kitchen in Michoacán, Imelda Campos Sebastián propagates the cuisine of the indigenous Purhépecha community—and makes some of the most delicious food in Mexico.

Two indigenous activists from Ecuador who successfully fought against mining on their ancestral lands have won an international environmental prize.

"How can we know what we’re losing if we don’t even know what we have?"

"Tropical rainforests have an outsized role in the world.”

World View continues its commitment to Earth advocacy, pledging support to Rainforest Partnership’s forest conservation efforts in Peru and Ecuador.

About us

Rainforest Partnership conserves and restores tropical rainforests by working with communities to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature.

Rainforest Partnership is a United States IRS registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by US law.

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Thank you for being part of this powerful movement for our planet and for our future.  We extend our gratitude and admiration to the indigenous peoples and communities that are inspiring action and impact for rainforests around the world.

Angélica Camargo Flórez
Communications Coordinator
Rainforest Partnership