Montreal-bound biodiversity COP must recognize the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in protecting nature

21 June, Nairobi, Kenya – Now that the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15 has confirmed the final talks will be held in December in Montreal, Canada, negotiators must take advantage of this week’s Nairobi intersessional meetings to focus on the key policy issue: recognizing the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and their key roles in protecting biodiversity.

Salomé Sané, Food & Nature campaigner at Greenpeace Canada said: 

“The intersessional meeting that started in Nairobi today represents a crucial last step before the CBD summit takes place in Montreal at the end of the year. Canada is starting a major new leadership role as it will host the final rounds of negotiations. Pressure is on to meet the high expectations of this decade-defining conference. Now is the time for the federal government to push for ambitious targets to protect nature on land and at sea, and ensure commitments bring power back to communities and uphold the rights and leadership of Indigenous Peoples.”

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Notes to editors: 

The policy briefing for a protection target can be found here

For more information, please contact:

Dina Ni, Communications Officer, Greenpeace Canada

dina.ni@greenpeace.org; +1 (416) 820-2148