Honoring Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on World Rainforest Day
June 22, 2022
June 22 is World Rainforest Day, a day to raise awareness and encourage protective action on one of the world’s most remarkable ecosystems: rainforests.
Healthy forests are one of the most effective climate change mitigation tools for reducing atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, regulating the water cycle, and producing oxygen. In addition to their function as a carbon sink, forests provide social, environmental, and economic benefits to many communities worldwide.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that indigenous peoples are the best stewards of rainforests and have been for generations. There is an intrinsic relationship between indigenous people and the rainforest; their knowledge is the key to protecting our forests.