Indigenous peoples and the nature they protect

At least a quarter of the world's land area is owned, managed, used or occupied by indigenous peoples and local communities. Their traditions and belief systems often mean that they deeply respect nature and have a strong sense of place and belonging, thus maintaining knowledge and ways of life that match up well with modern notions of nature conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. WildAid Chief Program Officer John Baker, Paulson Institute adviser Terry Townshend and wildlife conservationist Chu Wenwen talk about the intimate relationship between indigenous communities with their lands and the natural world, and why these often marginalized groups are gaining recognition as vital stewards of our environment and its fast-depleting resources.

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