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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