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Custodians of biodiversity’: Panel discusses forest preservation in an Indigenous context – Ubyssey Online

June 29, 2020

As a new decade begins, Canada’s international commitments to forest conservation accelerate the urgency of conversations around sustainability. Indigenous communities are a key aspect of these commitments, from Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD’s) 2030 agenda to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

A webinar held on Thursday, June 25 by UBC’s Canadian International Resources and Development Institute offered insight on the contributions that global Indigenous people provide in safeguarding their natural environments.

“Why Local Indigenous Voices are Essential to Global Forest Commitments,” a live panel hosting UBC community members and international conservation experts, analyzed approaches to Indigenous-focused conservation from different corners of the world.

From the Malinau Forest region in Indonesia to the Serengeti ecosystem in Kenya, the panel discussed topics including fostering the legitimization of Indigenous knowledge, cultural outreach and traditional management of land.

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