Indigenous peoples call for ‘new alliance with equal rights’ at IUCN conservation summit

Indigenous peoples call for ‘new alliance with equal rights’ at IUCN conservation summit

Campaign launched to protect 80% of Amazon and for conservation to be based on human rights as indigenous peoples get to vote at key gathering

Indigenous voices on the environment are finally being heard as Marseille hosts a global biodiversity summit, with a call to protect 80% of the Amazon, as well as a “counter conference” highlighting the conservation movement’s historic violation of people’s rights.

For the first time in its seven-decade history, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is including indigenous peoples as full voting members. Dozens of indigenous meetings are happening at the summit – which occurs every four years – with representatives from 23 organisations.

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