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Title: Recognizing Indigenous peoples' and local communities' rights and agency in the post-2020 Biodiversity Agenda
Author: Reyes García, Victoria
Fernández Llamazares, Álvaro
Aumeeruddy-Thomas, Yildiz
Benyei, Petra
Bussmann, Rainer W.
Diamond, Sara K.
García del Amo, David
Hanazaki, Natalia
Guadilla Saez, Sara
Kosoy, Nicolas
Lavides, Margarita
Luz, Ana C.
McElwee, Pamela
Meretsky, Vicky J.
Newberry, Teresa
Molnar, Zsolt
Ruiz Mallen, Isabel
Salpeteur, Matthieu
Wyndham, Felice S.
Zorondo-Rodriguez, Francisco
Brondizio, Eduardo S.
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
University of Helsinki
University Montpellier
Ilia State University
University of Texas
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
McGill University
Universidade de Lisboa
Rutgers University
Indiana University
University of Oxford
Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Indiana University Bloomington
Keywords: Biodiversity policy
Convention on Biological Diversity
Indigenous and local knowledge
Nature's values
Right-based approach
Issue Date: May-2021
Publisher: Ambio
Citation: Reyes-García, V., Fernández-Llamazares, Á., Aumeeruddy-Thomas, Y. et al. Recognizing Indigenous peoples' and local communities' rights and agency in the post-2020 Biodiversity Agenda. Ambio 51, 84-92 (2022).
Abstract: The Convention on Biological Diversity is defining the goals that will frame future global biodiversity policy in a context of rapid biodiversity decline and under pressure to make transformative change. Drawing on the work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, we argue that transformative change requires the foregrounding of Indigenous peoples' and local communities' rights and agency in biodiversity policy. We support this argument with four key points. First, Indigenous peoples and local communities hold knowledge essential for setting realistic and effective biodiversity targets that simultaneously improve local livelihoods. Second, Indigenous peoples' conceptualizations of nature sustain and manifest CBD's 2050 vision of "Living in harmony with nature." Third, Indigenous peoples' and local communities' participation in biodiversity policy contributes to the recognition of human and Indigenous peoples' rights. And fourth, engagement in biodiversity policy is essential for Indigenous peoples and local communities to be able to exercise their recognized rights to territories and resources.
Language: English
ISSN: 0044-7447MIAR
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