Social Policy

Bio-cultural diversity

It is no coincidence that areas of linguistic and ethnic diversity are also areas rich in biodiversity. Most of the world’s languages are spoken by indigenous and other tribal peoples in countries that harbour great biodiversity. When a language dies, we also stand to lose the local ecological knowledge and wisdom that reposes in that language.

IUCN seeks to support conservation of the world's cultural diversity and of traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous and traditional peoples. To this end, IUCN works actively in international fora such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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