And in many countries, WWF is working with them to secure formal restitution and recognition of their rights to lands, waters and natural resources, and to strengthen indigenous governance delivered on their own terms.
, for exmaple, we’ve been collaborating with Indigenous Peoples for over ten years, including partnering with OPIAC
, the National Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon, and working with the Ministry of Environment to find joint solutions to deforestation and forest management.
In Borneo in 2004
, we helped the Lundayeh, Lun Bawang, Kelabit dan Sa’Ban Indigenous Peoples establish the transboundary Alliance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Highlands of Borneo (FORMADAT
) to sustainably manage their ancestral lands which straddle the border between Indonesia and Malaysia.
Winning an Equator Prize in 2015
, they declared the Krayan Highlands an area for organic and traditional agriculture a year later, which then gained official recognition from the district government in 2019.
In the far northern Canadian Arctic, WWF has been working with Inuit for over a decade and most recently with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association
for the protection of Tuvaijuittuq
, an area almost the size of Germany whose name means ‘the place where the ice never melts
A refuge from climate change for species like polar bears and narwhals, as well as the communities that depend on them, the Canadian government recently declared it a Marine Protected Area
. This includes restricting commercial shipping, and future oil and gas development, and supporting an Inuit-led conservation economy that benefits local communities.