Why We Need Indigenous Peoples to Save Our Forests
In this episode of Know Your Stuff, we interview Mauricio Mireles, who is Policy Officer for Indigenous Peoples and Social Inclusion at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. We talk about a new report, “Forest Governance by Indigenous and Tribal Peoples: An Opportunity for Climate Action in Latin America and the Caribbean”, which was recently published by the FAO and the Fund for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC). We examine why Indigenous are the best guardians of the forests, and what role they play in combating global warming. Finally, we explore the worldview of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples and talk about what we can learn from them, in particular regarding living in harmony with Nature.
To read the report, click here.
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Mauricio Mireles is Policy Officer for Indigenous Peoples and Social Inclusion at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. A sociologist and anthropologist by profession, he has a master’s degree in Environmental Security from the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and a second master’s degree in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation studies, from the University of Innsbruck (Austria).