Biodiversity COP in Montreal must recognize the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to protect nature

Nairobi, Kenya – Now that the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15 has confirmed that the final talks will be held in December in Montreal, Canada, negotiators should take advantage of this week’s intersessional meetings in Nairobi to focus on the political issue key: the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples. Local peoples and communities and their key roles in protecting biodiversity.

Li Shuo, Greenpeace Senior Policy Advisor for East Asia, said:

“Governments have finally made a decision on the venue and date of the COP. This should now focus everyone’s attention on the quality of the transaction. This means ambitious targets to ensure appropriate levels of protection both on land and at sea with strong safeguards for the respect of the rights and roles of indigenous peoples and local communities and a strong set of implementation measures.

Irene Wabiwa, Greenpeace International Forestry Project Manager in the Congo Basin, said:

We come to Nairobi with a common objective of concrete and effective protection of biodiversity. Yet we insist that it must also be done ethically. CBD COP15 must recognize the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities by creating a “third category” for indigenous lands as conservation lands, and place them at the center of decision-making and funding. »

Greenpeace Africa Food For Life activist Claire Nasike said:

Indigenous farming communities are the custodians of indigenous seeds, which are essential for the conservation of agrobiodiversity. In Kenya, punitive seed laws seek to criminalize farmers for sharing and selling their own indigenous seeds. CBD COP15 must amplify the local voices and rights of these communities and protect them from corporate exploitation, dispossession and control of seed crops. All of this leads to a loss of biodiversity.

An Lambrechts, Senior Biodiversity Campaign Strategist at Greenpeace International, said:

“Parties need to make clear choices in Nairobi about the new global biodiversity framework they want to see. Along with the urgent need to bring Indigenous rights to the fore in relevant sections, this means looking carefully and honestly at the actual quality of protected areas in terms of effectively protecting biodiversity and habitat. There is a fundamental choice to be made between perpetuating the flaws of existing conservation models and genuinely accepting that quality is as important as quantity.



The policy brief for a protection goal can be found here.


Hellen Kahoso Dena, Greenpeace Africa, ([email protected])

Tal Harris, Greenpeace Africa, ([email protected])

August Rick, Greenpeace East Asia, Beijing, ([email protected])

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