The lion’s share (as much as 80 percent by some estimates) of the world’s remaining biodiversity intersects with Indigenous lands. Yet, despite having an unparalleled understanding of the most biodiverse spaces on the planet, Indigenous communities are rarely properly consulted in conservation decision-making processes.
Drawing on case studies from Long Pilah, Long Tungan and the Baram Basin in Malaysia, this paper makes clear the importance and need of community-generated solutions to biodiversity loss, while breaking down their essential components, and guiding the global community on how to protect and promote Indigenous rights.
Author: SAVE Rivers Network; The Borneo Project
Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum
Keyword(s): biodiversity, communities, community-led solutions, conservation, extractive industries, forests, habitat loss, indigenous knowledge, indigenous peoples, land rights, logging, Malaysia, mining, palm oil, rainforests, restoration, rights, Sarawak, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration