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Throughout centuries, Indigenous communities have been considered environmental guardians, which is why their knowledge in protecting the environment cannot be overstated. Their unique insights, accumulated over generations, are indispensable in the restoration of biodiversity.

When the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework was created, multiple targets stated the importance of respecting and preserving the rights, knowledge, and traditions of Indigenous peoples and local communities. This included their traditional knowledge related to biodiversity, innovations, worldviews, values, and practices which form their commitment to be stewards for the land. Just recently, the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) has added to the governance pillar a required disclosure regarding human rights policies and engagement activities with respect to Indigenous peoples and local communities.

Various declarations and initiatives emphasize the important role of indigenous communities into decision-making processes. For instance, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) highlights the right of Indigenous peoples to conserve and protect their environment. Additionally, the creation of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) seeks to empower indigenous communities by giving them leadership roles in conservation decision-making for both land and water, making it a crucial lever in preserving our planet.

As we strive to protect biodiversity, there exists a unique and valuable opportunity for collaborative efforts. It is by working together and by including Indigenous communities into our conversations that we can introduce innovative ideas that not only contribute to the preservation of our planet, but also support leadership roles of Indigenous communities. Clear Skies Investment Management’s funds’ theory of change is underlined by SDG 10, Reduced Inequalities, as it recognizes the rights of indigenous communities, the social and economic disparities, and the importance of emphasizing inclusive development. In line with this commitment, we are dedicated to incorporating indigenous rights into voting decisions, recognizing the importance of respecting, and integrating the perspectives and contributions of Indigenous communities.