This report puts forward a set of principles and practices to inform how investors should think and what investors should do to engage Indigenous peoples and their knowledge in conservation and restoration of landscapes.
Our planet is in crisis. While urgent action is needed to accelerate pathways to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, there is no viable option to keep the 1.5-degree climate target alive without also protecting, restoring and managing nature.i
Investment has started to flow to landscape conservation and restoration projects, both to offset carbon emissions and to propel positive co-benefits such as fresh water, clean air, biodiversity protection and human wellbeing.
While many projects take place on lands that are under Indigenous ownership or custodianship, involvement of Indigenous peoples as potential investment leaders and ecological knowledge-holders has often been limited.
Enabling Indigenous leadership in landscape conservation and restoration projects will result in a more just and equitable transition to a low carbon future. It’s a focus on embedding Indigenous Knowledge to ensure that projects are designed and implemented in ways that drive long-term, system-wide benefits and positive outcomes.
iUnited Nations Geneva, COP27 – protecting biodiversity, protecting Paris Agreement, https://www.ungeneva.org/en/news-media/news/2022/11/cop27-protecting-biodiversity-protecting-paris-agreement, 16 November 2022