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  • 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity is on the 15% of the planet lived on by indigenous peoples
  • If we work to save that land, we will have a disproportionately beneficial impact on global biodiversity conservation
  • Recent science proves that indigenous people are the best and most effective guardians of land and biodiversity
  • Yet, in almost all circumstances, conservation efforts currently separate people from the land
  • Indigenous communities have a vital part to play in protecting the planet’s lungs and fighting global climate change
  • We must actively protect the culture of indigenous peoples: if they are not supported and economically empowered to stay with their land or if they are forced off it, they simply can’t act as its guardians
  • Cultural protection and biodiversity protection must work hand in hand

"We are losing species at unprecedented rates and losing our own our cultures and languages even faster. Many of the same factors harm both these facets of global biodiversity. The solutions to protect both species and cultures must intersect. We cannot protect nature without respecting local cultures and local cultures surely cannot survive deprived of the environments that nurtured them.” Dr. Stuart Pimm, Director of the Saving Species Foundation