Successful conservation must include the people whose lives are linked to the lands we protect. We invite our partner communities to the table from the beginning as co-creators and co-implementers of programs that impact their lives.
Rural and Indigenous people collectively protect about 80 percent of our world's biodiversity. These communities hold deep knowledge of natural systems and intimate connections to the lands they call home. At the same time, they often face discrimination and exclusion from natural resource decisions. By integrating human rights into conservation practice, we can create a more sustainable future for all.