Local Biodiversity Outlooks

Local Biodiversity Outlooks presents the perspectives and experiences of indigenous peoples and local communities on the current social-ecological crisis, and their contributions to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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An Ifugao woman on her way to collect young rice plants for transplanting into one of her family’s paddy fields in the Philippines. Credit: Chris Stowers

Biodiversity and finance: building on common ground with customary rights-holders

Global finance for biodiversity has grown significantly over the past 10 years and is now estimated at between US$78 billion and $147 billion per year....
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Biodiversity Day 2021: We are part of the solution

This year's theme for Biodiversity Day, we are part of the solution, recognises the important role that Indigenous peoples and local communities play in protecting...
Baiga women collecting leaves. Credit - ephotocorp

Briefing: Re-thinking nature-based solutions

The term ‘nature-based solutions’ is both widely used and controversial. It remains ill-defined, despite some high-profile efforts to clarify it, and some of its most...

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Selling rooibos tea produced by the Khoi-San. Credit: Ivan Vaalbooi.

The Rooibos Benefit-Sharing Agreement: Breaking new ground with respect, honesty, fairness, and care, South Africa

This is the abstract of a 2019 article by Schroeder et al. published in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. [i] “The Convention on Biological...
Beehives in a Mayan community in Mexico. Credit: Alessandro Banchelli.

El Balché: Sacred trees and bees of the Maya people, Mexico

Federación Indígena Empresarial y Comunidades Locales de México, A.C. (CIELO) y Sociedad Cooperativa Lool Xaam SC de RL de CV Beekeeping is an important source...
A Maya Q’eqchi attorney addresses the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples Issues. Credit: Jamie Malcolm-Brown.

Safeguarding lands and territories: court cases mounted by the Maya, Belize

Maya Leaders’ Alliance[i] In the Toledo District of Belize, which is part of the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Hotspot, the Maya are stewards of an estimated 200,000...

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