By aligning land restoration commitments countries could bring more degraded land back to health, according to a new IUCN report launched today at the ongoing Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in New Delhi.
The Amazon is one of the most important biomes on the planet. Shared by nine countries, it covers more than 8 million square kilometres and is home to some 30% of the world’s biodiversity. The Amazon is also one of the most important carbon stores in the world and vital for hydrological cycles in Latin America and throughout the planet. About 60% of the Amazon lies within the borders of Brazil, which means that whatever happens to this forest will affect the country in the same way, for better or for worse.
We cannot achieve conservation and wellbeing for people and planet unless we respect and value the rights of indigenous peoples. For centuries, indigenous peoples across the world have preserved much of Earth’s biodiversity. At this precipice of history, where the next decade could determine the fate of the planet’s species and ecosystems, the global community must fully acknowledge, respect and support the rights of indigenous peoples. This includes respect for the cultural, spiritual, social and environmental values they place on biodiversity.
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