Guardians of the Forest: Our 5 Demands

Indigenous Peoples offer a Climate Solution


Duration: 5:16

Available in 3 languages

Released: April 2018

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Indigenous and community leaders from 20 tropical forest countries went to Europe to tell decision makers how they are key allies to fight climate change.

They have five demands to enable them to keep protecting the world’s forests.

The coalition of indigenous organizations travelled by bus to Cologne, Brussels, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin. They met with politicians, NGOs, press and civil society to speak about deforestation and their solutions. Their countries contain 80% of the world’s tropical forests and their communities are the forests’ most effective protectors.

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Recognition to Land, Territories and Resources

Communities need ownership over their ancestral land in order to protect forests. With no formal land title traditional communities often face serious conflict when trying to evict illegal loggers, poachers and land grabbers. Who will believe their claims without precise maps and legal title deeds?

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