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Can’t see the wood for the trees: biodiversity summit fudges ...

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Can’t see the wood for the trees: biodiversity summit fudges final deal

Indigenous peoples have a critical role to play in helping save global diversity, say organisations

Senior features writer

Indigenous peoples and local communities on Tuesday called on the world to recognise their contribution and rights in conserving nature, and work to together to reach a successful agreement to protect this. They made this plea as global biodiversity talks in Geneva wrapped up after two weeks of minimal progress.

International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (https://iifb-fiib.org/) co-chair Ramiro Batzin said: “If we don’t have a framework to protect nature that truly recognises and respects the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities — those who are actually conserving biodiversity — we are all going to be in danger.”

Indigenous peoples protect 85% of global biodiversity (https://www.forestpeoples.org/en/press-release/2022/press-briefing-international-indigenous-forum-biodiversity), with 91% of indigenous lands remaining in good to moderate ecological condition, according to researchers...

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