Source: Smithsonian Mag
Newly released research in the journal Nature Sustainability indicates that at least one-fourth of the world’s natural lands are in the possession of indigenous groups, which the report notes is a great thing for conservation purposes.
Researchers from an international team analyzed data from more than 120 sources including maps, census data and state records to conclude that at least one-fourth of the world’s natural lands are under the control of indigenous groups by management rights.
Though indigenous groups make up 5 percent of the world’s population, they have management rights over 14.7 million square miles of land.
This information is particularly influential when it comes to conversation efforts around the globe and knowing who has the power to decide what happens on those lots of land.
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