Local Biodiversity Outlooks

Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Contributions to the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020: A complement to the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook

This publication presents the perspectives and experiences of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) on the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is intended to complement the fourth Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) by presenting a selection of IPLCs’ contributions towards realising each of the Strategic Plan’s goals and targets.

Local Biodiversity Outlooks provides a snapshot of the many on-the-ground initiatives being led by indigenous peoples and local communities that contribute to the successful implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 as well as other related global agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

The report’s key findings include:

  • Collective actions of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) are advancing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and all 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
  • IPLCs’ lands hold much of the world’s biodiversity; supporting their actions can be one of the most effective ways to secure biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.
  • Biological and cultural diversity together increase resilience to social, environmental and climate changes.
  • Policy commitments on traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use must be translated into programmes and projects in partnerships with IPLCs.
  • Recognising customary land tenure and traditional occupations, and protecting human rights secure social well-being, and ecosystem and climate benefits.
  • Community-based mapping and monitoring complements wider data and reporting systems and promotes accountability for social, biodiversity, development and climate commitments.