Tomorrow, leaders from around the world will be making commitments at the UN Summit on Biodiversity. Making the right decisions when it comes to biodiversity is more crucial than ever before, which is why we are disappointed to see the lack of representation of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs).
To ensure that their voices are not lost, Survival International will be running a campaign releasing videos recorded by indigenous communities that have been impacted by conservation projects. #GreenLandGrab
When conservation projects do not take the needs of IPLCs into consideration, it can negatively impact human livelihoods.
This was highlighted in a letter sent by Survival International, and co-signed by the CIC, to the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat. The letter outlined the issues relating to the introduction of protected areas for 30% of the planet, which was included in the zero draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
Much of these issues relate to a lack of safeguards in place for IPLCs, which is worrying as similar efforts in the past have led to communities being displaced, as well as human rights abuses.
This highlights the importance of the #GreenLandGrab initiative, which will look to give a voice to indigenous peoples and local communities around the world.