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AIPP plans to celebrate International Day for Biodiversity and World Environment Day

May 22, 2021 - June 5, 2021

Photo: Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa/AIPP

The land, territories, and resources of Indigenous Peoples are home to 80% of the Planet’s biodiversity[1] and, at least 24% of the total carbon stored aboveground in the world’s tropical forests[2]. 56 percent of all terrestrial key biodiversity areas including protected areas, parks, critical watersheds, etc. overlap with Indigenous Peoples’ ancestral domain titles in the Philippines. Approximately 90% of the remaining forest cover of the Philippines is situated within ancestral domains of Indigenous Peoples[3]. The recent research has revealed that Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and Afro-descendants already “make investments equal to a quarter of global investment in conservation”, a contribution that is under-recognized, under-valued, under-supported, and under-reported[4].


There is increasing evidence that Indigenous Peoples are the best guardians of the world’s last remaining forests and biodiversity. Therefore, it is critical to further strengthen our voices in asserting the recognition, respect, and fulfillment of customary land rights and governance systems of Indigenous Peoples as part of the solutions to fight the climate crisis, protect biodiversity and enhance sustainable development. The findings of the global report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)[5] and the special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)[6] support this argument of Indigenous Peoples.


Indigenous Peoples’ world views, values, knowledge, and above all, customary laws and governance systems have played a vital role in ensuring customary sustainable use and management of their land, territories, and resources. Indigenous Peoples are the living examples of the World’s leaders in living sustainably, maintaining bio-cultural diversity, and protecting the fragile eco-systems of the Planet.


Therefore to strengthen the narrative that Indigenous Peoples are the World’s leaders whose ground initiatives and actions are critical in protecting the biological and cultural diversity we all depend on, and above all, for the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity  (CBD) and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, AIPP is going to partner with its members and existing networks and celebrate the 2021 International Day for Biodiversity and World Environment Day from 22 May-5 June 2021.


[1] The world Bank, The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: The Natural but often Forgotten Partners 2008

[2] RRI, LandMark and Woods Hole Research Center, Towards a Global Baseline of Carbon Storage in Collective Lands, November 2016

[3] https://localbiodiversityoutlooks.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/local-biodiversity-outlooks-2016-english-web.pdf

[4] https://www.forestpeoples.org/en/briefing-paper/2021/re-thinking-nature-based-solutions

[5] https://ipbes.net/sites/default/files/2020-02/ipbes_global_assessment_report_summary_for_policymakers_en.pdf

[6] https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/SPM_Updated-Jan20.pdf

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May 22, 2021
June 5, 2021
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Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
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