Takeaways:

  • According to a study by the World Resources Institute and Climate Focus, Indigenous peoples and other local communities play an important role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and protecting biodiversity.
  • The researchers found that Indigenous-held forests absorbed over twice as much carbon dioxide as other forested lands including land owned by governments or private parties.
  • When donors are funding forest protection, they need to make sure that money comes down to the local level because ultimately, these communities that live there are the ones best placed to protect forests” said Darragh Conway, a lawyer with the World Resources Institute.

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