Reduce Rural Poverty

Indigenous peoples are key to protecting wildlife and rural livelihoods

Video: Interview

Actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities in wildlife conservation is key to maintaining biodiversity and ensuring sustainable rural livelihoods.The urgent challenges that the world faces in maintaining biodiversity worldwide requires that indigenous peoples are empowered to act at the national level with assistance from the international community. Sheila Wertz, FAO Senior Forestry Officer, explains the significant role of indigenous peoples plays in biodiversity conservation.