The Last Defenders of Biodiversity: Land Rights and Policies in Indigenous Territories03 February 2022
Despite comprising less than 5% of the world’s population, indigenous territories support and protect 80% of global biodiversity. But their perspectives are often missing from global conversations about biodiversity, climate change and other critical environmental issues.
Although traditional Indigenous land-use practices often focus on sustainability and conservation, their land rights, sovereignty, and safety are constantly under threat by governments and corporations seeking to exploit natural resources. And while their environmental footprint is small, they often bear the fallout of environmental degradation, with little access to services, financial resources or platforms that help amplify traditional knowledge, boost visibility and allow for information sharing.
In this webinar, journalists will hear from Indigenous advocates about the challenges they face in protecting their land rights, plus tips from an Indigenous journalist well-versed in covering these issues.
- Bestang Dekdeken—Cordillera People's Alliance, the Philippines (email)
- Diana Taremwa Karakire—Freelance Journalist Covering Indigenous Rights in Uganda (email)
- Anabela Carlón—Lawyer and Advocate, Member of the Yaqui Tribe in Mexico (email)
- Stella Paul—EJN Project Officer for Environment and Health
Please click on the speakers' names to download their presentations.