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Convention on Biological Diversity

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 157339, tabled on 21 April 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the outcomes of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP15 meeting later this year (a) recognise and (b) support the contributions of indigenous peoples and local communities to protecting nature.

Answered on

28 April 2022

The UK recognises the leadership of Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs), and the global contribution they make to climate change mitigation, biodiversity preservation, and sustainable development. As stewards of 80% of the world's biodiversity, IPLCs provide critical guardianship in protecting tropical forests and preserving vital ecosystem services.

At COP26 of the UNFCCC, the UK created a platform for IPLCs at the World Leaders' Summit Event. Tackling climate change requires global Governments to recognise and protect IPLC rights, and support their frontline role protecting forests and nature. The UK's ambition was translated into the $1.7bn pledge by 23 public and private donors to advance IPLCs' forest tenure rights and support their role as guardians of forests and nature.

The UK is pushing for the CBD's post-2020 global biodiversity framework to recognise the important role and contribution of IPLCs as stewards of biodiversity and nature, and for it to be implemented through effective and meaningful consultation with Indigenous Peoples, through their own representative institutions.

Through our co-chairmanship of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, the UK is engaging with IPLC stakeholders, including the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity, to ensure both that their views and concerns are reflected within the ongoing global negotiations, and that more explicit safeguards for IPLCs are integrated into the text of the global biodiversity framework.