Note — Mar 21, 2021

There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way.

I was not aware of this effort led by (surprisingly) Britain, France, and (less so) Costa Rica to protect 30 percent of the planet’s land and water by 2030. The article argues, rightly in my opinion, that indigenous peoples should not only be part of the decision process but also relied upon to lead the preservation, keep living in these areas, and manage these vital places as they have been for hundreds or thousands of years. Honestly, I’m quite surprised at this bold target and will be following it’s progress (bold considering the source, seems we’d actually need 50%).

Indigenous-managed lands in Brazil, Canada and Australia have as much or more biodiversity than lands set aside for conservation by federal and other governments, researchers have found. […]

A coalition of Indigenous groups and local communities has called for the agreement to protect at least half of the planet. Scientific research backs them up, finding that saving a third of the planet is simply not enough to preserve biodiversity and to store enough planet-warming carbon dioxide to slow down global warming. […]

Recent research from around the world shows that marine protected areas increase fish stocks, ultimately allowing fishing communities to catch more fish on the edges of the reserves.