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Indigenous peoples and local communities protect more than 50% of world's land surface, but only have formally recognised ownership to just over 10%.
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"For us, it’s important to be given formal land titles, not so that we can feel like owners, but to protect our territory."
-Teddy Guerra Magin, leader of the Quetchua community of Nuevo Andoas, Peru.
Defending the planet has never been more deadly for indigenous peoples.
Data released by Global Witness shows that 40% of the land and environmental defenders who lost their lives in 2019 were from indigenous communities.
Securing the land and territorial rights of indigenous peoples is critical, not just to protect their lives, but to create more equitable and prosperous societies and to honor the contribution they make in protecting our planet's biodiversity.
Indigenous peoples have a special relationship with their lands, territories and resources, as they are central to their cultures, livelihoods, spirituality, identity, and their continued existence as distinct peoples.
Evidence shows that forests managed by indigenous peoples and local communities store 37.7 billion tonnes of carbon - more than the world’s 2013 emissions of CO2 from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes
It's clear, the role that indigenous peoples have played as guardians of our planet benefits all of humanity.
But more importantly, it is their right to be there, to have peace of mind and a sense of security over their lands, territories and resources.
Learn more from ILC's toolkit on indigenous peoples and community land rights