Indigenous Leaders are Calling for New Global Agreement to Protect Amazon

“Nearly 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity is found on the lands of tribal peoples and that the majority of the most biodiverse places on Earth are tribal peoples’ territories,” said Juan Carlos Jintiach, a representative of the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin. “Tribal people have been contributing and sustainably using the resources on their lands for thousands of years and it’s not possible to create policies that will be effective without their input.”