The Path to Conserving 30 Percent of the Planet by 2030

The Path to Conserving 30 Percent of the Planet by 2030

A report from the Wyss Foundation highlights the critical leadership Indigenous and local communities are providing for efforts focused on protecting vulnerable lands, oceans, and wildlife. The report, The Path to Conserving 30 Percent of the Planet by 2030 (25 pages, PDF), showcases the perspectives of four community leaders spearheading successful, Indigenous- and community-led conservation projects supported by the foundation: P.J. Akeeagok, president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, who helped secure protection for the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area and the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area in the Canadian Arctic; Ian Woods, chair of the Nari Nari Tribal Council in New South Wales, Australia, who has been involved with cultural heritage identification and management, biodiversity and environmental monitoring, wetland restoration and re-vegetation, bushfire planning and management, and general farm maintenance at the Toogimbie Indigenous Protected Area in Australia; Tom Lalampaa, CEO of Northern Rangelands Trust, which supports thirty-nine conservancies in northern and coastal Kenya committed to supporting communities, protecting lands and waters, and developing resilient economies; and Kendall Edmo, a member of the Blackfeet Nation who works with the Blackfeet Tribal Historic Preservation Office to survey, identify and document Blackfeet historical and cultural sites in the Badger-Two Medicines area of Montana. According to the report, lands and waters overseen by Indigenous peoples and local communities are far more likely to remain unaltered — or, at a minimum, less degraded — by human activities than those that are not.