Note — Jan 20, 2019

Indigenous Peoples Defend Earth’s Biodiversity

Seen in → No.63

Source → nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/...

I wasn’t aware of these kinds of projects, another kind of nature parc, indigenous tribes taking care of the land in (what certainly seems like) a healthier relationship with countries, to the benefit of nature and the planet.

“The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have proven to be the best guardians of their traditional territories,” Swing adds. “The fact that the Amazon ecosystems are as rich as they are today is proof of how successful these cultures have been, in living in balance with their environment.” […]

It is time to flip this dominant narrative and acknowledge the role of the Sápara and other indigenous peoples in doing the most critical thing that could be done under the imminent threat of biodiversity loss and climate change—and that is looking after their sacred Naku. […]

Recent research demonstrates that while the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples make up less than five percent of the total human population, they manage or hold tenure over 25 percent of the world’s land surface and support about 80 percent of the global biodiversity.

[I]t means adopting rights-based approaches to conservation that bring justice for indigenous peoples and local communities, while enabling biodiversity conservation and climate action. […]

“The future of our planet lies in indigenous ways of living on the Earth, as a global community, we have lost our way; we forgot what it means to have a relationship with the land.”