Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 12, 2020

How Indigenous-led Efforts Protect Birds and the Places We All Need

Amid a biodiversity freefall, indigenous-led groups are fighting back—and winning.
Recent reports offer clear recommendations on solutions aimed at reversing catastrophic biodiversity loss.

One such recommendation is to increase the funding for indigenous-led conservation efforts. The report emphasizes the importance of expanding indigenous-led efforts to support the creation of more Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) and their management by Indigenous Guardians. Such projects have already led to millions of protected acres in Canada and millions more could benefit from Indigenous stewardship.

These recommendations align with Audubon’s own vision for collaboration and partnership with Indigenous-led efforts. We’ve worked with Indigenous groups to help fulfill our shared goal of protecting the Boreal forest, one of the largest intact forests left on Earth and nesting grounds and migratory stopovers for nearly half of the common bird species found in North America. You can watch our recent interview with Indigenous Leadership Initiative’s Shaunna Morgan Siegers to learn about her organization’s work.

Read our analysis of these new reports and learn more about how Indigenous groups are leading this charge.

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Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. As Smithsonian Magazine states: “Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the lands that later became the United States of America. And it urges Americans to rethink history.”

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