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Global Importance of Indigenous and Local Communities’ Managed Lands: Building a Case for Stewardship Schemes

Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, 0810 Darwin, NT, Australia
Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 7839; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12197839
Received: 7 August 2020 / Revised: 13 September 2020 / Accepted: 17 September 2020 / Published: 23 September 2020
The role of Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in sustainably using and managing natural resources is becoming broadly recognised within some international platforms (e.g., the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). However, the support for IPLCs to continue managing their land is either completely absent or scanty. This paper presents the value of only four ecosystem services, estimated at USD 1.16 trillion per year, that are delivered from IPLCs managed lands alone (excluding coastal, marine, and other resources). These four ecosystem services (ES), i.e., carbon sequestration, biocontrol, air, and water regulation offer offsite benefits to the wider regional and global populations yet without returns to the IPLCs themselves except for facing more climate and natural disaster-related challenges mainly caused by the actions of mainstream society. It further outlines key challenges and advocates for establishing stewardship mechanisms to promote and support IPLCs land management practices that will effectively help in protecting and preserving biodiversity, water, and other natural resources on Earth to sustain and enhance human well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs); natural resources; ecosystem services; payments for ecosystem services (PES); indigenous land management; stewardship arrangements Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs); natural resources; ecosystem services; payments for ecosystem services (PES); indigenous land management; stewardship arrangements
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Sangha, K.K. Global Importance of Indigenous and Local Communities’ Managed Lands: Building a Case for Stewardship Schemes. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7839. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12197839

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Sangha, Kamaljit K. 2020. "Global Importance of Indigenous and Local Communities’ Managed Lands: Building a Case for Stewardship Schemes" Sustainability 12, no. 19: 7839. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12197839

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