‘Join us for the Amazon,’ Indigenous leaders tell IUCN in push for protection

  • At the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France, Indigenous leaders and conservationists have called for support of their effort to protect 80% of the Amazon Basin by 2025.
  • Scientists say the Amazon region has already lost 17% of its forest cover and that an additional 17% has been degraded by forest loss, fragmentation, wildfires and drought, and that these pressures are pushing the rainforest toward a critical tipping point.
  • While the recognition of Indigenous land rights would be a critical first step, experts say that Indigenous communities need support in enforcing their land rights and their efforts to defend the Amazon.
  • A motion that would support area-based conservation targets with the view to protecting at least 80% of the Amazon by 2025 has been approved for a vote at the IUCN congress, although the date for the actual vote has not yet been set.

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