The headline target for the global deal for Nature negotiated at UN talks in Canada at the end of last year to protect at least 30% of land and freshwater and of coastal areas and seas by 2030 – the so-called 30x30 target – might have sounded good on paper but faced stiff opposition from key stakeholders: Indigenous peoples.

A growing body of research and an increasing number of researchers are now recognising Indigenous peoples as vital for Nature conservation, including UN biodiversity scientists on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), ...


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