New publication on “supporting resurgent Indigenous-led stewardship” to advance conservation

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A new publication discusses how conservation actions to safeguard biodiversity could be advanced through partnerships with, and leadership of, resurgent Indigenous governments.

This new open access study, “Supporting resurgent Indigenous-led stewardship: a nascent mechanism for just and effective conservation”, was published in Biological Conservation by a team of scholars and conservation practitioners from the University of Victoria, Raincoast Conservation, Heiltsuk Council, University of Guelph, QQS Projects and Dalhousie University.

In addition to the imperative of recognizing Indigenous rights, title, and responsibilities, the authors also describe how state-level governments often have difficulty effectively managing conservation areas, including those that are distant from large urban centres. These same ‘remote’ areas are home to hundreds of Indigenous communities that are well positioned to continue (or resume) stewardship activities.

See the full study here.

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