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Recently there’s been a swell of support for indigenous rights, not only on humanitarian grounds but for the good of the global environment.

A high-profile IPCC report release this summer highlighted the need to empower indigenous peoples to meet international climate goals.  https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-08-08/ipcc-land-use-global-warming 

After indigenous groups in the Amazon received official titles to their land, deforestation rates plummeted by 75%, one study showed.  https://www.pnas.org/content/114/16/4123.short 

Indigenous communities manage almost half of the world’s land area, but they hold legal title to just a 10th of it.
An estimated 164 people were murdered last year trying to protect their land, says human rights group Global Witness.

And with global demands for logging, fossil fuels, cattle pasture and palm oil, indigenous people and the forests they inhabit face increasing threats.  https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-11-05/climate-change-forests-indigenous-peoples 

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