Indigenous Leadership Vital to "30 by 30" Global Conservation Goal

Published: 21 Dec 2022

Indigenous Village at COP 15, Montreal. Photo: Country Needs People

Country Needs People has welcomed the global agreement to protect 30% of the world’s biodiversity by 2030 at the UN Biodiversity Conference, COP 15, but say Indigenous land and sea management must be prioritised and fully supported to achieve the goal. 

“Lands held by Indigenous peoples contain around 80% of the world’s biodiversity", said Rarrtjiwuy Melanie Herdman, Country Needs People Board Director. "In Australia it’s crucial that Indigenous Rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas get the support they need from government, supporting infrastructure, capacity and sustainability, to look after sea and land country long into the future,” she said.

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