Minorities and indigenous people are often among the most marginalised communities in many societies. Systemically excluded from participation in the socio‐economic life of many countries, they lack access to political power and encounter obstacles to asserting their identity.
Indigenous communities comprise 6% of the world’s population but the territory they inhabit houses 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. They possess valuable knowledge on how to preserve the environment and care for natural resources. However, they face challenges that put their survival at risk, such as the lack of basic rights to land and little say in resource management.
Indigenous people are on the frontlines in safeguarding against biodiversity loss and climate change. Their stewardship helps to slow deforestation, reduce biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas emissions — a quarter of which are released by deforestation and land use.