Breaking Green

Colonial Conservation and 30x30 with Survival International's Fiore Longo

January 08, 2023 Global Justice Ecology Project / Host Steve Taylor Season 3 Episode 1
Breaking Green
Colonial Conservation and 30x30 with Survival International's Fiore Longo
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In December 2022, at the 15th Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, 188 countries adopted a new Global Biodiversity Framework to supposedly create strategies to halt biodiversity loss.

The framework has been touted as a sweeping agreement to protect biodiversity by turning 30 percent of the planet’s land and oceans into protected areas by 2030.

While the agreement mentions partnerships with indigenous peoples, however, numerous environmental and human rights groups have criticized it for placing the greatest burden on indigenous peoples, least responsible for biodiversity loss, instead of addressing the real cause of the crisis. 

Pointing to research that shows that 80 percent of biodiversity is found on indigenous lands, Survival International criticized the agreement arguing that the best way to protect biodiversity is to protect the land rights of indigenous peoples instead of removing these communities from these new protected areas and banning those who have historically lived in harmony with the land from their ancestral homes and livelihoods. 

On this episode of Breaking Green we will talk with Fiore Longo of Survival International- an organization formed in 1969 to promote the rights of indigenous peoples as contemporary societies with a right to self-determination. 

Fiore Longo is a campaigner at Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples and is the director of Survival International France and Spain. She also coordinates Survival’s conservation campaign, and has visited many communities in Africa and Asia that face human rights abuses in the name of conservation.

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Introduction to Breaking Green
Episode Introduction
Fiore Longo's Bio
Survival International's History
30 by 30 Framework
The best way to protect biodiversity is to protect indigenous rights.
Human Rights and the WWF
Burdening Those Least Responsible for Biodiversity Loss
What a Real Solution would Look Like