Biocultural heritage territories: key to halting biodiversity loss

Biocultural heritage territories: key to halting biodiversity loss

Biodiversity, on which humanity depends, is being lost at an unprecedented rate. And the diversity of human cultures which has sustained biodiversity for millennia is fast disappearing. In 2021, governments will agree a new set of post-2020 targets for addressing biodiversity loss. To be effective and equitable, these targets must recognise the central role of Indigenous peoples and local communities as the custodians of around 80% of the world’s biodiversity.

This policy briefing discusses how community-led approaches such as Indigenous biocultural heritage territories are vital to achieving both the CBD Post-2020 Biodiversity Targets and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and can help avoid negative social impacts often associated with state-run protected areas.

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Author: IIED

Publisher: IIED

Language: English

Year: 2020

Keyword(s): ancestral, biocultural, biocultural heritage, biocultural loss, biodiversity, cultural diversity, cultures, governance, indigenous, Indigenous biocultural heritage territories, Indigenous cultures, indigenous peoples, land rights, linguistic diversity, post 2020 global biodiversity framework, rights

Location(s): China, India, Kenya, Panama, Peru